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Service Learning

Service learning is a type of teaching that combines academic content with civic responsibility in some community project.  The learning is structured and supervised and enables the student to reflect on what has taken place.  Service learning can provide powerful learning opportunities for students and can interest them in volunteerism in their later lives.  The following sites will help you understand service learning and what is required to implement it into the curriculum.

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Service Learning: Definition & Guidelines

Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, Texas Tech University

Here are four simple guidelines for service learning projects.  This could be of use when you are a beginner in service learning.

National Service Learning Clearinghouse

ETR Associates

This site is designed to provide resources, tips and links to other sites that offer information on service-learning in higher education.

Academic Service Learning

Vincentian Institute for Social Action, St. John's Unviersity

This website provides the explanation of what service learning is at St. John's University.

Academic Service Learning: Its Meaning and Relevance

Kathleen Maas Weigert, University of Notre Dame

This chapter from a book explains what service learning is about and identifies some of the debate about it.

Academic Service-Learning: The Reflection Concept

Drew Blanchard, Learning to Give

This website suggests various methods of reflection for use in service learning projects.