What is Service-Learning?
Service-Learning is a credit-bearing form of experiential education. Service-Learning is a method of teaching that combines community-based learning with theory and practice. It is different from internships and work/study programs because the service is related to specific course content. Courses that include service-learning experiences engage students, faculty, and community members with value-added service that illustrates the intrinsic connection between academics, learning, and life. Service-Learning experiences are determined in partnership between faculty and community members designed to build upon assets and address mutually beneficial interests. Service-Learning brings together academics, appreciation, and application through organized written and oral reflections.
At Nazareth College we summarize the components of service-learning as the 6 R's (Watkins, 2012). These evidence-based practices include:
- Rigorous and Relevant Learning
- Responsible and Value-added Service
- Reciprocity and Relationships
- Reflection that is Embedded, Organized, and Intentional
- Recognition and Celebration
- Risk and Reality Assessment
(Watkins, Ph.D., M., & Braun, L. (2005). Service-learning: From classroom to community to career. Indianapolis, IN: JIST Life.)
|Descriptions||Community Service||Enhanced Academic Learning||Purposeful Civic Learning|
|Volunteering or Community Service||Yes||No||No|
* Not all internships involve service in the community