An Introduction To Service- Learning

Office of Community Service 2129 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20052 Phone: (202) 994-5493 E-mail: ocs@gwu.edu
Andrew Leon Bryn McMahon

“Service-learning is one of the hallmarks of a GW education.” -President Steven Knapp .

Source: Campus Compact . teach civic responsibility. and strengthen communities.What Is Service-Learning? • Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience.

pgs. Andrew.” Corporation For National Service. 2-6. . “Service-Learning: A Balanced Approach To Experimental Education.What Is Service-Learning? Furco. 1996.

answers.Differentiating ServiceLearning from Other Forms of Education • Experiential Learning: The knowledge and skills acquired through life.htm) • Practicum: A college course that is designed to give students supervised practical application of a previously studied theory (http://www. work experience and study which have not been formally attested through any educational or professional certification.uk/about/administration/rules/senateregs/foreward) • Internship: A work-related learning experience for individuals who wish to develop hands on work experience in a certain occupational field (http://www.intstudy. (http://www.brunel.com/topic/practicum-1) .com/articles/nusinter.ac.

• In a course on data management. students could design actual business plans for a non-profit start-up. students could come up with ideas to advocate healthy eating habits for adolescents and find ways to implement them. students could help a community partner with data management needs.Examples of Service-Learning • In a course on creating business plans. • In a course on community health. .

What are Some Components of Service-Learning?  Most students work for not-for-profit partner (must be faculty approved)  The service-learning project should clearly integrate the topics being covered in the class curriculum  The project students complete should benefit the community and the student  The project needs clearly identified learning objectives  The students should be required to reflect on and evaluate their Service-Learning project and objectives  The student could be involved in designing the project .

Who Benefits from Service-Learning? Students Faculty Community Partners Site Staff The University Community at Large .

.Where does Service-Learning Take Place? Service-learning takes place both in the classroom and in the community.

To enhance teaching and learning 2. To create a sense of social responsibility 4. To increase retention and graduation rates 3. To enrich the professional identity for GW faculty . To enhance community relations 5.Why Should GW Incorporate Service-Learning? 1.

Fredrica Rudell . confidence. and educating students for citizenship. and value as a result of taking part in a service learning experience.Academic Voices on Service-Learning  “Students overall get a feeling of accomplishment. Benefits. connecting the theoretical with the practical.” Rationale.” Academic Service Learning in Human Resource Management Education by Susan Madsen  “The learning outcomes of service learning include development of leadership and problem-solving skills. and Methods of Service Learning in Marketing Education by Debbie Easterling.

html  Tulane University http://tulane.edu/faculty/courses/  American University http://www.northeastern.georgetown.Market-Basket Schools with Service-Learning Classes  Northeastern University http://www.edu/cps/students/service-learning.html .edu/communityservice/servicelearning/index.cfm  Georgetown University http://socialjustice.edu/ocl/volunteer/sl/sl.edu/courses/service_learning.html  University of Michigan http://ginsberg.american.umich.

How can Service-Learning be Incorporated into your Academic Class? As a fourth credit option for a three credit course As a capstone project for a student or students to complete As a teaching methodology .

What are the Guiding Principles for Organizing and Constructing a Service-Learning Course?  Reflection: Is there a mechanism that encourages students to link their service experience to course content and to reflect upon why the service is important?  Reciprocity: Is reciprocity evident in the service component? .

departmental objectives and the student’s goals and expectations • Step 4: Identify Service-Learning sites • Step 5: Look at Campus Compact’s guidelines for syllabi .What are the Steps to Creating a Service-Learning Course? • Step 1: Contact Office of Community Service • Step 2: Identify the course that you would like to infuse with Service-Learning • Step 3: With the help of the Office of Community Service design a syllabus explaining: • why this kind of service should be part of the course • make explicit connections between the course.

Are Other Professors At GW Incorporating Service-Learning? Currently. more than 30 faculty members across 17 departments have included Service-Learning in their classes including: • • • • • • • • • • • Biostatistics Communications Computer Science English Exercise Science Geography Human Services Management Medicine and Health Sciences (graduate programs) Music Political Science • • • • • • • • Psychology Public Health and Health Services (undergraduate and graduate programs) Public Policy & Public Administration Religion Sociology Spanish Women’s Studies and the Women’s Leadership Program Writing Program .

What Does the Office of Community Service Provide to Help GW Faculty Incorporate Service-Learning into their Curricula? Ideas Preparation Implementation Assessment Modification of Course Syllabi Connections with Community Partners The Tracking of Service-Learning Hours .

edu .How Can I Contact the Office of Community Service? Office of Community Service 2129 G Street. NW Washington. DC 20052 Phone: (202) 994-5493 E-mail: ocs@gwu.

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