Service – Learning
Service learning is a learning experience during which students participate in organized service that not only addresses the needs of a
Key research findings include
- Participation in service-learning leads to a variety of positive outcomes in civics and service, including intentions to volunteer in the future and social and personal responsibility.
Realityin service-learning – hands-on experiences – has been rated by students as particularly important for their learning.
- Reflection is a critical aspect of service-learning; increased understanding of social issues is linked to more comprehensive reflection.
- Service-learning leads to improved critical thinking, better academic outcomes, and thinking about a future career.
- Participation in service-learning promotes gains in both prosocial and moral development.
- Adolescent Diversion Program is an intensive service-learning program for graduate and undergraduate students that involves a psychology course and service as a “change agent” in the life of an adolescent who has been referred by the court to this intervention program.
- Students who participated in the program reported positive experiences; for example, students reported an increased understanding of themselves and a greater awareness of the world, and a realistic perspective on their future careers.
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