Benefits to Students:
Service Learning enriches student learning of course material by moving them from the margin of the classroom experience to the center. It “brings books to life and life to books”. Students come to see the relevance and importance of academic work in their real life experiences.
- It enhances student self-esteem by allowing them to make a difference through their active meaningful contribution to their communities.
- It broadens perspectives and enhances critical thinking skills.
- It improves interpersonal and human relation skills which are increasingly viewed as the most important skills in achieving success in professional and personal spheres.
- It provides guidance and experience for future career choices.
Benefits to the Community:
Service Learning initiates provide the community with substantial human resources to meet its educational, human, safety, and environmental needs. The talent, energy, and enthusiasm of our college students are applied to meet these ever-increasing needs.
- Many service learners commit to a lifetime of service after this experience, creating a democracy of participation.
- Service Learning creates a spirit of civic responsibility that replaces the current state of dependence on government programs and altruism by the experts. It results in a renewed sense of community and encourages participatory democracy.
Benefit to Faculty Members:
Service Learning enriches and enlivens teaching.
- It changes our role from the expert to top to the expert on tap, and with that change we enjoy a new relationship with our students and a new understanding of how learning occurs.
- As we contact the community with the curriculum, we become more aware of current societal issues as they relate to our academic areas of interest.
- We identify new areas for research and publication, and thus increase our opportunities for professional recognition and reward.