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. Thus, this office strives to help create a "classroom without walls" that is beneficial to faculty members, students, community partners, and the university in the following ways:
Spring 2017 Service-Learning Deadline: April 13, 2017
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