Community-service learning is a method involving experiential education for students to develop social and civic responsibility, make practical connections to theoretical course material, and learn leadership skills while contributing to their community.
Problems and Purpose
According to Vanderbuilt University's Center for Teaching, community service-learning (otherwise known as community-based learning) is "a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities."
According to the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning, "carefully designed and implemented CSL programs and courses assist students to make meaning from their community experiences, to connect experience outside of the classroom to more theoretical study, and to develop as individuals in relation to their values, their sense of social responsibility, and their leadership skills."
Origins and Development
Participant Recruitment and Selection
How it Works: Process, Interaction, and Decision-Making
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned
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