What is Service-Learning?



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What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
~ Learn and Serve America National Service-Learning Clearinghouse.
Service-Learning is the combination of community service and classroom instruction, with a focus on critical, reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility.
~ Gottlieb & Robinson, 2006

 

Service-Learning at MCC…

  • Service-Learning is a credit-bearing academic experience.
  • Students participate in an organized service project or activity that meets identified community needs.
  • The academic portion of the project comes in the form of reflection assignments created by and assigned by the professor.
  • Service-learning has been shown to provide students with further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.
  • The service and the learning are designed to be valuable for both the student and the community partner.

Service-Learning in Action: Mike Cermak's Intro to Sociology class at the Bartlett School.

Last Modified: 9/19/16