“We all possess unique gifts, talents, and skills meant to be used to help make our world better than we found it.” – John E. Michel
“Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” – Learn and Serve America National Service Learning Clearinghouse
“Service learning is different than community service in several key ways. Service learning includes student leadership, reflective and academic components, and chances for celebration once the service activity has been successfully completed. Students reflect on community needs, ways to help, and once their service has been completed, they can internalize how their efforts have helped, while learning more about academics such as geography, math, or science.” – character.org
“Service-learning is based on the idea that learning doesn’t occur only as a result of an action or experience, but as a result of intentional reflection on that experience, in the service of achieving specific learning outcomes.” – Barbara Jacoby, PhD[/vc_column_text]
Some benefits of the multi-discipline, project based approach to our service-learning pedagogy
• Projects empower students to learn, where the instructor is a coach, a facilitator.
• Projects make it possible to discover one’s natural talent and personal interest.
• Projects make it possible to discover one’s learning personality.
• Projects are learning tools that is motivated by curiosity.
• Successful projects are the results of failure and learning to bounce back from it.
• Projects require a plan, which includes ways to acquire needed knowledge and skills.