is not a unique or new concept, it simply combines student learning with
community involvement. It is generally agreed that service-learning occurs
in the school and the community, where students learn in the school and
in turn serve the community. There is not one specific definition for
Service-Learning. Subject to various interpretations, it is continuously
shifting and changing, resisting definition's constraints. Under the US
National and Community Service Act of 1993 we understand Service-Learning
to be: (reference: http://nicsl.jaws.umn.edu/)
- A method
by which students learn and develop through active participation in
thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs
with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education,
or community service program and the community;
foster civic responsibility;
- Is integrated
into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students, or the education
components of the community service program in which the participants
structured time for students or participants to reflect on the service
is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happened
- Aldous Huxley
the definition, Service-Learning does not have one particular set
of goals. Different organizations and different people have their own
goals depending on their needs. Some Service-Learning goals are:
- To boost
self-confidence and self-esteem within individuals.
- To help
meaningful and caring relationships between the students and others.
the opportunity for students to do significant work for others.
- To create
experience and action increase student learning.
- By exposing
students to the hardships and disadvanages of others, evoke a desire
the breadth of student learning.
- To allow
students to help others and themselves.
students for their careers.
- Make a
academic achievement, skills and enhance values.