Service-Learning in Maryland's Community Colleges Consortium
college of southern maryland, carroll community college,
What is Service-Learning?
In 1990, the Corporation for National and Community Service conception of service-learning said that it:
- Promotes learning through active participation in service experiences
- Provides structured time for students to reflect by thinking, discussing and/or writing about their service experience
- Provides an opportunity for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations
- Extends learning beyond the classroom and into the community
- Fosters a sense of caring for others (as adapted from the National and Community Service Act of 1990
Why is Service-Learning Important?
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
Learn more about service-learning in higher education, join a service-learning listserv:
Join the Higher Education Service-Learning Listservs offered by the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse. This electronic discussion forum allows you to tap into a network of administrators, practitioners, researchers and students.