Division of Student Affairs

Service-Learning

Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy (not an outcome) that integrates classroom curriculum with organized service projects; it includes both a classroom and an off-campus experience (Eyler & Giles, 1999; Hatcher, Bringle, & Mathiah, 2004; Hurd, 2006; Mariani,2004). "It is aligning the course content by meeting a need of the community through student practice" (Campus Compact, 2000, p.15). This 'learning-by-doing' process provides a context for testing, trying out discipline-based theories, observations, concepts, practica and pedagogies. It allows the student an opportunity to utilize critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication and performance techniques (Hurd, 2006; Steiner & Sands, 2000). In order for service-learning to accomplish its varied goals — to strengthen classroom learning, to contribute to the community, and to be beneficial to students' personal and civic development – it is important that the faculty and students are actively engaged in planning and implementing service activities. While most of these factors are present in the service-learning experience, true service-learning also incorporates a reflection assignment/instrument to enhance the learning experience (American Association for Higher Education,1999).

Service-learning aims to further faculty research and teaching, enhance students' education, and build community partnerships that create a win-win for all parties involved.  The learning environment at Jackson State University is enriched through experiential learning, as stated in the university's core values. 

Resources 

Service Learning FAQs for Students | Service Learning FAQs for Faculty | Fall 2019 Approved Partner List | Service Learning Registration Package | Service Learning Log-in form | Online Site Agreement Packet | Speaker/Presentation Request Form | Service Learning Course Enrollment Form