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Service learning is a pedagogy that exposes students to the needs of the larger society, engages them in addressing those needs through community service, and connects what they learn in the classroom to real-world conditions. At its best, service learning is a powerful teaching method that allows students to reflect upon why such conditions exist and what their democratic responsibilities are in addressing them. (Adapted from the Center for Liberal Education and Civic Engagement)
Community Service volunteers provide enthusiastic, but limited service, with no direct academic content. For example, they might participate in a local clean-up effort, or help plan and execute a one-time event, or spend an hour a week reading in a local school.
Community-Based Research/Creative Scholarship questions are derived from the intersection of faculty research and the needs of a community. The answers to the questions provide a valuable service to the community partner, wile creating an important focus for faculty and student researchers. The process is collaborative and dynamic, as it combines classroom learning with social action.
In service learning, faculty use directed reflection to help students integrate theory and experience through a combination of classroom and community-based experiences. Students may participate through service-learning designated courses, through Service Learning Abroad programs and through the Service-Learning Scholars Program.
The Service Learning Scholars program began in 2005. In 2008, the University of Delaware joined schools from across the country at the University of Notre Dame to discuss promising practices and challenges in summer immersion programs. This initial meeting was the beginning of the Summer Service Collaborative, an organization which "promotes the exchange of promising practices among colleges and universities who sponsor domestic and international summer service immersion programs and courses."
The Summer Service Collaborative is currently in the second year of a multi institutional study of student learning outcomes in summer service immersion programs.See the Summer Service Collaborative Report of the First Five Years (.pdf).
The Office of Service Learning provides a central location for information about service learning opportunities at the University of Delaware. This includes providing support and advisement to faculty interested in enhancing and developing service learning courses, developing new opportunities for students, and serving as a liaison with community partners interested in exploring new service learning connections with the University of Delaware.
The Summer Service Collaborative promotes the exchange of promising practices among colleges and universities who sponsor domestic and international summer service immersion programs and courses. This is a report of its first five years.