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Challenges of Service-Learning

While service-learning provides many benefits to the instructor, student, and community partner, developing a service-learning course also poses a number challenges. Awareness of the challenges associated with service-learning projects and the ways in which to overcome those challenges will ensure an effective service-learning experience for all participants.

Challenges for the instructor

Ziegert and McGoldrick (2008) identify four common areas of concern among faculty developing service-learning projects and strategies that can be used to overcome these challenges.

However, there are several strategies that can be implemented to overcome these challenges.

Challenges for the student

Students may also encounter challenges associated with service-learning. Some of the challenges and ways to address the challenges can be found below.

Ways to overcome these challenges include:

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