What is Academic Service-Learning?
Academic Service-Learning "is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhance sensed of civic responsibility." - Bringle and Hatcher, 1995.
An important part of academic service learning is reflection, which serves as a bridge between community service activities and the educational content of the course. Reflection directs the student's attention to new interpretations of events and provides a means through which the community service can be studied for deeper understanding.
Does a student earn credit and a grade for Academic Service-Learning? Yes — for the learning, not the service. We know that serving others is its own reward.
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