What is Service-Learning? Community Service Academic Learning Service -Learning

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  • What is Service-Learning?Service -Learning

  • Service-LearningCommunity ServiceExtracurricular activityExamples:Canned food driveWork in a soup kitchenVisit a nursing home

    Service-LearningProject basis for meaningful teaching and learningInquiryProblem solvingReal-life situations in the communityBrought back in to the classroom

  • Service-Learning is . . . A means of education by which young people learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully-organized service experiences that:

    Meet actual community needsAre coordinated in collaboration with the school and communityAre integrated into each young persons academic curriculum Provide structured time for a young person to think, talk, and write about what he/she did and saw during the actual service activityProvide young people with opportunities to use newly acquired academic skills and knowledge in real-life situations in their own communitiesEnhance what is taught in school by extending student learning beyond the classroomHelp to foster the development of a sense of caring for others

    Alliance for Service Learning in Education Reform (ASLER), 1993, p.2

  • Service-Learning is . . .A method and philosophy of experiential learning through which participants in community service meet community needs while developing their abilities for critical thinking and group problem solving, their commitment and values, and the skills they need fro effective citizenship. (Mintz and Liu, 1994, p. 12)

  • Eight Common Elements of Service-LearningMeets actual community needCoordinates with school and communityIntegrates into academic curriculumProvides structured time for reflectionProvides opportunities to use newly acquired skills/knowledge in real life situationsEnhances what is taught in the classroomFosters a sense of caring for othersEncourages an ethic of citizenship

  • Service-Learning Cycle

  • PARE + CPreparationActionReflectionEvaluation

    Celebration and Recognition


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