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The Five R's of Service-Learning
Duke University's David Malone identifies the fundamental elements of service learning:
Relationships- powerful bonds of trust are built between the community and the institution
Rigor- beyond doing good works, courses require and promote academic rigor
Reciprocity- both the university and the community partners gain valuable knowledge and insights
Reflection- critical reflection on experiences are built into all aspects of the courses
Real Life- lessons contextualized in real world issues positively change the learning dynamic
What Is Service-Learning?
According to the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU), high-impact educational practices "have been widely tested and have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds. These practices take many different forms, depending on learner characteristics and on institutional priorities and contexts."
Service-Learning is one of these high-impact practices. It is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enhance learning outcomes, teach civic engagement, and strengthen communities. Service-learning courses utilize experiential learning activities that differ from traditional classroom pedagogies. Through service learning, scholarship moves beyond the classroom; students take information gained in the classroom and then apply it through meaningful, hands-on projects that benefit the local community. Not only do these partnerships and projects actively engage students, they also encourage students to be responsible for their own learning and to examine their role in the community. (University of North Georgia 2013)
AACU offers this description of Service Learning, Community-Based Learning:
"In these programs, field-based “experiential learning” with community partners is an instructional strategy—and often a required part of the course. The idea is to give students direct experience with issues they are studying in the curriculum and with ongoing efforts to analyze and solve problems in the community. A key element in these programs is the opportunity students have to both apply what they are learning in real-world settings and reflect in a classroom setting on their service experiences. These programs model the idea that giving something back to the community is an important college outcome, and that working with community partners is good preparation for citizenship, work, and life."
The University of North Georgia's Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (CTLL) created this Subject Guide to support Service-Learning practices and scholarship.
The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership (CTLL) supports the University of North Georgia’s commitment to “academic excellence in a student-focused environment.”