Service-learning practitioners emphasize the following elements in formulating a definition of service-learning:
Service-learning can be also be described by what it is not; it is NOT volunteerism, community service, internships, or field education. Field education and internships emphasize student learning: while students may provide valuable service, the objective is to provide students hands on experience to further their educational goals. Volunteerism and community service emphasize the service provided: the intended beneficiary is the service recipient (Furco 1996). So while service-learning share some of the components of volunteerism, community service, internships and field education, unlike these activities, service-learning applies equal focus to both learning and the service goals. It requires an academic context and is designed so that that the service and learning goals are mutually reinforcing. A useful distinction among service programs can be typified by whether the beneficiary is the recipient (community agency/member) or provider (student)
* Academic and intellectual benefits. Service-learning supports young people in mastering important curriculum content by helping them make meaningful connections between what they are studying and its many applications.
* Civic and ethical benefits. Service-learning allows young people to explore and develop skills for a range of ways to serve, including acts of kindness and caring, community stewardship, and civic action.
* Social and personal benefits. Service-learning offers young people a holistic learning experience that can increase their engagement in learning, provide them access to adult mentors, bolster their self-confidence, and enhance their preparation for the world of work.
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Hengel, M.S. &Shumer, R. (2012). Career exploration and service-learning. Retrieved November 2, 2012 from http://www.servicelearning.org/instant_info/bibs/k-12_bibs/career
Personal and Team Development:
Personal Problem solving increases personal empowerment, confidence _
Northwest Service Academy. (2003). Service reflection toolkit. Retrieved November 2, 2012 from www.northwestserviceacademy.org
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