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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


The Mirror (a clear reflection of the self)

  • Who am I?

  • What are my values?

  • What have I learned about myself through this experience?

  • Do I have more/less understanding or empathy than I did before volunteering?

  • In what ways, if any, has your sense of self, your values, your sense of “community,” your willingness to serve others, and your self-confidence/self esteem been impacted or altered through this experience?

  • Have your motivations for volunteering changed?  In what ways?

  • How has this experience challenged stereotypes or prejudices you have/had?

  • Any realizations, insights, or especially strong lessons learned or half-glimpsed?

  • Will these experiences change the way you act or think in the future?

  • Have you given enough, opened up enough, cared enough?

  • How have you challenged yourself, your ideals, your philosophies, your concept of life or the way you live?

The Microscope (makes the small experience large)

  • What happened?  Describe your experience.

  • What would you change about this situation if you were in charge?

  • What have you learned about this agency, these people, or the community?

  • Was there a moment of failure, success, indecision, doubt, humor, frustration, happiness, and sadness?  Describe it.

  • Do you feel your actions had any impact?  What more needs to be done?

  • Does this experience compliment or contrast with what you are learning in class? How?

  • Has learning through experience taught you more, less, or the same as learning in the classroom?  In what ways?

The Binoculars (makes what appears distant, appear closer)

  • From your service experience, are you able to identify any underlying or overarching issues, which influence the problem?

  • What could be done to change the situation?

  • How will this alter your future behaviors, attitudes, and career?

  • How is the issue or agency you are serving impacted by what is going on in the larger political/social sphere?

  • What does the future hold?  What can be done?


From Cooper Mark, “Reflection: Getting Learning Out of Serving, The Big Dummy’s Guide to Service-Learning


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