Service Learning (SL) is a specially designed learning experience in which students combine reflection with structured participation in community-based projects to achieve specified learning outcomes as part of an academic course and/or program requirement. By participating in academic community partnerships at the local, national, or international level, students gain a richer mastery of course content, enhance their sense of civic responsibility, and ultimately develop a more integrated approach to understanding the relationship between theory, practice, ideas, values, and community.
From this definition, the goals of SL should include: (1) Giving students and enhanced academic experience, that is, to provide an experience that will deepen and broaden their abilities to learn to and to think critically about the academic content of a course; (2) Giving students an opportunity to enhance their sense of civic responsibility; (3) Working in partnerships with community members on behalf of the well-being of our city.
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