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State & National Resources
A comprehensive site that includes resources for service-learning practitioners, including faculty, presidents, administrators, and students. Includes model programs and sample syllabi, a calendar of events, extensive links to web resources, job listings, news, information on grants and fellowships, legislation, a special section for community colleges, and much more.
Nationally there is a very active Higher Ed Service-Learning Discussion Group and anyone can subscribe to the listserve. Click the link above and request to join the Google Group.
GlobalSL is a multi-institutional hub supporting ethical global learning and community-campus partnerships. It is hosted in the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College.
Break Away: The Alternative Breaks Connection
Break Away is a national nonprofit organization that promotes the development of quality alternative break programs through training, assisting, and connecting campuses and communities.
There are many ways to integrate community activities into a course. We recognize that CEL extends beyond traditional service-learning and may include a field experience, practicum, internship, capstone, research project, clinical, co-op, or co-curricular activity. See our philosophy page for specific definitions of service-learning, community engagement, etc. The experience may be a direct service/activity, or research, or other off-site work that benefits a community partner. Community Partners may be public, community-based, private, an industry business or academic organization working at the individual, neighborhood and city, regional, state, national, or international levels.
Courses with the CEL attribute must contain the following components:
- Learning Outcomes: The community engagement activity is tied to one or more course learning outcomes.
- Application and Integration: Guided by their instructor and working with a community partner, students engage with a community issue (local, regional or global), integrating theory and practice.
- Reciprocity: The community experience seeks to offer value to the community partner as well as to the students.
- Reflection and assessment: Students intentionally participate in reflection on the community experience (ethical and civic dimensions), the discipline and themselves.
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Recommended Readings for Beginners
What is Service-Learning?
Cress, C. M., Collier, P. J., & Reitenauer, V. L. (2005). Learning through serving: A student guidebook for service-learning across the disciplines. Stylus Publishing, LLC..
Duncan, D., & Kopperud, J. W. (2008). Service‐learning companion. Boston, Mass: Houghton Mifflin.
Critical vs Traditional Service-Learning
Mitchell, T. D. (2008). Traditional vs. critical service-learning: Engaging the literature to differentiate two models. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 14(2), 50-65.
Research on and through reflection in international service learning.
Whitney, B. C., & Clayton, P. H. (2011). Research on and through reflection in international service learning. International service learning: Conceptual frameworks and research, 145-187.
Jacoby, B. (2015). Service-learning essentials: Questions, answers, and lessons learned. San Francisco: CA, Jossey-Bass.
Service-Learning Essentials is the resource you need to help you develop high-quality service-learning experiences for college students. Written by one of the field's leading experts and sponsored by Campus Compact, the book is the definitive work on this high-impact educational practice. Service-learning has been identified by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as having been widely tested and shown to be beneficial to college students from a wide variety of backgrounds.
This book is available for check-out from the Office of Community Engaged Learning. Books may be checked-out for one month at a time. To request a book, please email email@example.com.