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Service + Learning

Student Voluntary Services is proud to work with faculty who have incorporated service into their course curriculum. Commonly called service-learning, these faculty understand the impact service can have, not only on student development, but on student learning as well.

Service-learning is "a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development. Reflection and reciprocity are key components of service-learning" (Jacoby and Associates, 1996, p.5). Service-learning is both curricular and co-curricular.

As a form of experiential education, service-learning is based on a pedagogical principle that learning and development only happens when reflection is designed to foster that learning and development. Structured reflection challenges and guides students in examing critical issues related to their service-learning project, helps connect students' service experience to their coursework, enhances the development of civic skills and values, and assists students in finding personal relevance in the work.

If you are interested in exploring how service-learning could be incorporated into an existing curriculum, or would like to develop a new service-learning course, please contact Dr. Kathy L. Smith, Associate Director of Student Life and Advisor for Student Voluntary Services, at (765)285-2621 or via email.