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Benefits of Service-Learning


What are the Benefits of Service-Learning?

For Students:

  • Enriches student learning of course material and "brings books to life and life to books."
  • Engages students in active learning that demonstrates the relevance and importance of academic work for their life experiences and their career choices.
  • Increases awareness of current societal issues as they relate to academic areas of interest.
  • Broadens perspectives of diversity issues and enhances critical thinking skills.
  • Improves interpersonal skills that are increasingly viewed as important skills in achieving success in professional and personal spheres.
  • Develops civic responsibility through active community involvement.

For the Community

  • Provides substantial human resources to meet educational, human, safety, and environmental needs of local communities.
  • Allows the energy and enthusiasm of college students to contribute to meetings needs.
  • Fosters an ethnic of service and civic participation in students who will be tomorrow's volunteers and civic leaders.
  • Creates potential for additional partnerships and collaboration with the campus

For the Faculty Members and Institution

  • Enriches and enlivens teaching and learning.
  • Builds reciprocal partnerships with the local community.
  • Creates new areas for research and scholarships, and increases opportunities for professional recognition and reward.
  • Extends campus resources into the community and reinforces the value of the scholarship of engagement.

Adapted from:  Almonte, Paul, Dorell, Hafflin et al.  Service Learning at Salt Lake Community College, A Faculty Handbook

 
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