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Service Learning: Service Learning

What Is Service Learning?

What Is Service Learning?

The Community Service Act of 1990 defines service-learning as:

“a method under which students or participants learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community." (42 U.S. Code 12511)

Books and Articles on Service Learning

Nickman N. (Re-)Learning To Care: Use of Service-Learning as an Early Professionalization Experience. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education 1998;62(4):380-87. Available in the ERIC database in EBSCOhost.

Bringle R, Hatcher J. Implementing Service Learning in Higher Education. Journal of Higher Education 1996;67(2):221-239. Available in the Academic Search Premier database in EBSCOhost.

Eyler J. Reflection: Linking Service and Learning—Linking Students and Communities. Journal of Social Issues 2002;58(3):517-534. Available in the Academic Search Premier database in EBSCOhost.

Service-Learning Faculty Manual from Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY  This manual guides college faculty by outlining academic service-learning principles, listing the benefits, framing  how to develop and executive a strategy, and giving information on faculty documentation and assessment rubrics.

Reflection Manual - Service-Learning  This manual by Joseph McDonald and Alison Kunard from Newberry College is intended primarily as a “how to” guide.  It contains suggestions, activities, and assignments meant to assist in the integration and effective use of service-learning in college courses. 

Campus Resources

The Community Service Office is your resource for implementing service-learning into your curriculum. The CSO can also assist in monitoring student progress. Please contact the Community Service Coordinator (community.service@wilkes.edu  or ext. 7794) for more information. 

Web Resources

Learn & Serve America has information for organizations and individuals interested in getting involved in service learning.  

Learn and Serve America's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse supports the service-learning community in higher education, kindergarten through grade twelve, community-based initiatives and tribal programs, and more.  The Higher Education area includes a “faculty toolkit” and other resources for getting started.

The National Service-Learning Partnership is a network of members dedicated to advancing service-learning as a core part of every young person's education." A national network of people, the Web site includes teaching resources, tools, & best practices.

Six Models of Service-Learning ("Pure," Discipline-Based, Problem-Based, Capstone Courses, Service Internships, Action Research).  From Campus Compact.

Service-Learning Toolbox ("work pages and checklists to help you get started and keep you going"). From the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.

Curriculum Tools for Service-Learning (Refection, Assessment, Civic Responsibility, and Syllabi) from the American Association of Community Colleges, Horizon Project.

Sample Syllabi by Discipline from Campus Compact.

Preparing the Syllabus from Campus Compact.