Gifts from the Web: Service Learning Service learning is an experientially based form of learning that has potential for developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills while providing a community service. It is an approach to teaching that integrates service to the community into the learning objectives of the course. The services that are being provided ... Bibliography
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Gifts from the Web: Service Learning
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  • Howard F. Wilson
    West Texas A & M University, Canyon, TX
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Bibliography   |   June 01, 2005
Gifts from the Web: Service Learning
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2005, Vol. 8, 16-18. doi:10.1044/ihe8.1.16
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2005, Vol. 8, 16-18. doi:10.1044/ihe8.1.16
Service learning is an experientially based form of learning that has potential for developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills while providing a community service.
It is an approach to teaching that integrates service to the community into the learning objectives of the course. The services that are being provided by students in the course are mutually beneficial to both the community, while still meeting key objectives in the course. Asking students to reflect on their service relative to their course content is one major way of evaluating student learning.
Service learning is not the same as volunteering. In volunteering, the emphasis is on service. Service learning is not an externship or practicum experience where the emphasis is on the student’s mastery of clinical skills. Service learning, as defined in the literature, places equal emphasis on both learning and service.
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