How to Set up a Service Learning Course
- Guidelines for Designing a Service-Learning Course
- Template for Course Creation
- Service Learning Planning Guide
Purpose and Rationale
In the Nazareth Vision Statement created in 1999, three general themes were articulated. They included: Off Campus Learning, Excellence in Teaching, and Respect for Diversity. Service-Learning connects directly to each of these three themes. As such, it provides a way for the college to achieve its Vision Statement through its academic curriculum.
Pedagogy and Enhancement of Student Learning in Service-Learning:
In a 1999 summary of research into the effects of Service-Learning, Janet Eyler and her colleagues found, among other results, that Service-Learning:
- Has an impact on such academic outcomes as demonstrated complexity of understanding, problem analysis, critical thinking and cognitive development.
- Has a positive impact on students' academic learning, particularly when integrated with course content.
- Results in students building stronger relationships with faculty than students not engaged in Service-Learning.
- Has a positive effect on reducing stereotypes and facilitating cultural & racial understanding.
- Has a positive effect on sense of social responsibility and citizenship skills
- Has a positive effect on interpersonal development, the ability to work well with others, leadership and communication skills.