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Service LearningService learning is an instructional method used to enhance the teaching and learning experience. Students learn and develop skills through actively participating in the planning, coordination and execution of a service to the community. Projects usually address a community-identified need.
Service learning aims to reinforce course-learning objectives by extending learning beyond the classroom. The activity benefits both the student and community in a variety of ways. Students gain personal, social and intellectual growth, as well as a sense of citizenship and workforce preparation. Communities benefit from the technical expertise and the increased manpower a college or university has to offer. They also benefit from new funding opportunities, assistance with organizational training and skill building, and the chance to collaboratively work on pressing community issues (Scheibel, Bowley, & Jones, 2005).
Reflecting on community projects is a valuable component to service learning. Students engage in reflection activities to explore and analyze the complex issues addressed by the service. Click here to access creative reflection strategies.
"Education is not preparing for life; education is life itself". These words from educational theorist, John Dewey, help build the groundwork for the Kansas WaterLINK project.