Service Learning Benefits

BENEFITS OF SERVICE LEARNING

Service Learning benefits all of the partners, students, community and the university.

Some of the benefits are listed below.

Student benefits:

  • Engages students in self-directed active learning.
  • Offers opportunities to use critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Broadens personal awareness of community and community organizations
  • Increases understanding of community development
  • Gives opportunity to contribute to the community
  • Promotes reflection on issues of social responsibility
  • Assist in career exploration

Community benefits:

  • Fosters collaboration between university and community
  • Extends campus academic and human resources into the community
  • Raises the profile of community groups
  • Adds students perspective to the delivery of social programs
  • Increases the potential for more knowledgeable future employees
  • Brings energy and enthusiasm to existing programming

University benefits:

  • Encourages innovation in teaching practices
  • Enriches the teaching and learning process
  • Brings an added dimension to classroom discussion
  • Provides diversity of learning opportunities for students
  • Communities serve as an alternative learning setting
  • Provides an avenue to university-community research partnerships
  • Strengthen community-university relation