Benefits of Service-Learning
A national study of Learn and Serve America programs suggests that effective service-learning programs improve grades, increase attendance in school, and develop students' personal and social responsibility. A growing body of research recognizes service-learning as an effective strategy to help students by:
- Promoting learning through active participation in service experiences;
- Providing structured time for students to reflect by thinking, discussing and writing about their service experience;
- Providing an opportunity for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations;
- Extending learning beyond the classroom and into the community; and
- Fostering a sense of caring for others.
Service-learning also strengthens both education and local communities by:
- Building effective collaborative partnerships between schools or colleges and other institutions and organizations.
- Engaging parents and other adults in supporting student learning
- Meeting community needs through he service projects conducted
- Providing engaging and productive opportunities for young people to work with others in their community
(taken from the Midwest Consortium for Service-Learning in Higher Education website)
CETL's mission is to serve as a catalyst for individual and institutional growth and development in pursuit of transformative learning.
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