Service learning provides many benefits for students, faculty and community agencies.
For students, service learning provides opportunities to:
- Experience learning in the “real world”
- Develop critical thinking, writing skills. Develop civic responsibility.
- Experience social and personal development.
- Confirm (or not) an area of interest.
- Learn about potential employment and gain field experience.
- Makes students more marketable to large companies that value community service.
- Help with admission to 4-year colleges, and scholarship support.
For faculty, service learning:
- Can revitalize teaching efforts and can bring new directions and confidence to the teaching and scholarly pursuits of the faculty involved.
- Reinforces concepts and theories introduced in class and promotes “deep learning” as students use skills and knowledge in real-life situations
- Can provide links to academic content, standards, and SLOs
- Improves interaction between faculty and students
- Extends campus resources into the community and reinforces the value of the scholarship of engagement.
For The Community, service learning:
- Connects students to nonprofit organizations and agencies that desperately need more volunteers
- Provides awareness to needs in the community and to programs and services available
- Brings fresh perspectives and knowledge to current volunteers, employees, and clients
- Gives organizations the chance to meet possible future employees
- Promotes empathy and responsibility through civil engagement
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Simonet, D. (2008). Service-learning and academic success: The links to retention research. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Campus Compact.
Warren, J. L. (2013). Does service-learning increase student learning?: A meta-analysis. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 18(2), 56-61.