BENEFITS OF SERVICE-LEARNING

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  1. Introduction

  2. What is Service-Learning

  3. Benefits of Service-Learning

  4. What Service-Learning is Not

  5. Principles of Service-Learning

  6. Bringing Service and Learning Together (PDF file, click here to download Adobe® Acrobat Reader)

  7. Courses with a Service-Learning Component

  8. Examples of Service-Learning Classes

  9. Getting Started: Designing the Curriculum

  10. Service-Learning Development Worksheet

  11. Course Development Timeline

  12. Course Implementation Timeline

  13. Using Reflection

  14. Types of Journals

  15. Liability Issues

  16. Expectations and Responsibilities in Service-Learning

  17. Common Faculty Questions

  18. Top Ten Ways to Do More Service-Learning with Less Work

  19. Resources

 


For Students
  • Enriches student learning of course material and "brings books to life and life to books".
  • Engages students in active learning that demonstrates the relevance and importance of academic work for their life experience and career choices.
  • Increases awareness of current societal issues as they relate to academic areas of interest.
  • Broadens perspectives of diversity issues and enhances critical thinking skills.
  • Improves interpersonal skills that are increasingly viewed as important skills in achieving success in professional and personal spheres.
  • Develops civic responsibility through active community involvement.

For the Community

  • Provides substantial human resources to meet educational, human, safety, and environmental needs of local communities.
  • Allows the energy and enthusiasm of college students to contribute to meeting needs.
  • Fosters an ethic of service and civic participation in students who will be tomorrow's volunteers and civic leaders.
  • Creates potential for additional partnerships and collaboration with the campus.

For the Faculty Members and Institution

  • Enriches and enlivens teaching and learning.
  • Builds reciprocal partnerships with the local community.
  • Creates new areas for research and scholarships, and increases opportunities for professional recognition and reward.
  • Extends campus resources into the community and reinforces the value of the scholarship of engagement.
  • Supports the University of Hawaii - Leeward Community College's mission "...to provide open door access to high quality education in an environment that is responsive to community needs and encourages all students to achieve their educational goals.  The college actively promotes the intellectual, cultural, and economic vitality of our communities by through lifelong learning and a commitment to student success...".- LCC Mission Statement Draft, August 2002

Adapted from: Almonte Paul, Dorell, Hafflin et.al. Service Learning at Salt Lake Community College, A Faculty Handbook

 

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