Examples and Resources for High-Impact Practice: Service Learning
This strategy centers on an intentional partnership with a community partner in which students have to apply what they are learning in real-world settings and reflect in a classroom setting on their service experiences. As a more intense type of community-based learning, this strategy also models the idea that giving something back to the community is an important learning outcome at the University-wide level, and that working with community partners is good preparation for citizenship, work and life. The complexity of this particular high-impact practice lies in the requirement of reciprocity: every individual, organization and entity involved in the service learning project functions as both a teacher and a learner. Participants are perceived as colleagues, not as servers and clients. The communications involved in the development of the project and in the dissemination of the service work results is also an important component – did the group make an opportunity for the community to enter into a public dialogue? Dr. Katherine McCormick, UK’s Endowed Professor in Service Learning, is a terrific resource as you build a service learning component into your course.
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General Resources on Service Learning
- Community-Based Service Learning Assessment – Classroom Tools, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- “Duke University Professor David Malone on the Five “R’s” of Service-Learning,” YouTube video (April 13, 2010), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-f_sVWrlRQ
- Resources for Faculty, Campus Compact National Office
- Principles, Kentucky Campus Compact website
- Learn and Serve Program’s Consortium State Grants for the Pay It Forward: Strengthening Communities through Student-Led Philanthropy initiative.
- Service Learning (basics, benefits, examples, resources), Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University