The Why of Service-Learning
If we are to create peace in our world, we must begin with our
- Mahatma Gandhi
Service-learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs.
The activity changes both the recipient and the provider of the service. This is accomplished by combining service tasks with structured opportunities that link the task to self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of values, skills, and knowledge content.
Through service-learning programs, students may:
Through using service-learning in their classrooms, teachers may:
Through service-learning programs, schools can:
Through service-learning programs, communities can:
In an article in the Harvard Education Letter, Sen. John Glenn writes:
"Some critics of service-learning believe that schools step over the line by teaching civic values – that they should stick to the barest of the basics. They fail to understand that service-learning abets classroom learning in a very pragmatic way. There’s an old Chinese proverb that goes:
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."