Why Use Service Learning?
Service-learning can benefit all participants, students, faculty, academic institutions and their communities. Students gain academic knowledge and skills, interpersonal skills, and self confidence. Faculty can enhance the quality of their teaching, find opportunities for research and outlets for professional expertise. Service-learning supports the civic engagement mission of colleges and universities and improves town/gown relationships. Community members receive valued service and institutional support.
Service-Learning Enhances Student Learning and Personal Development
Service-learning is a form of experiential education that supports deep learning. Through their service-learning activities, students apply classroom knowledge in practical settings to enhance their understanding of class materials.
Service-learning provides students with opportunities to develop civic engagement skills. By working with community members, students can enhance their group, organizational and interpersonal skills. They also can gain important experience working with diverse members of their communities. Learn more about how service learning can be used to connect classroom learning with societal issues (from the InTeGrate project).
Students can gain better understanding of themselves as they explore and develop ways to contribute to their communities. They can develop self confidence and an enhanced commitment to public service.
Service-Learning Benefits Other Constituents
Benefits of service-learning extend to:
- academic institutions
- and their communities.