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Service Learning for Education Faculty: Benefits of Service Learning to Faculty


Benefits of Service Learning for Faculty

  • Develop more powerful curricula by providing students with a "real world" context for theory and discipline-specific knowledge.
  • Provide opportunities to accommodate different learning styles
  • Enhance teaching effectiveness by becoming a "facilitator" rather than a "giver" of knowledge.
  • Engage and motivate students, leading to student retention in courses.
  • Raise awareness of current social issues as they relate to academic areas of interest.
  • Foster a culture of student participation and leadership on campus


Service Learning and General Education Outcomes at Valenica

Cultural and Historical Understanding: Demonstrate understanding of the diverse traditions of the world, and an individual's place in it.

a. International service learning fosters genuine understanding of diverse traditions of the world.

b. Local service learning develops understanding of the different cultures in the area.

c. Both types of service learning foster civic responsibility to meet the needs of the global and local community.

Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning: Use processes, procedures, data, or evidence to solve problems and make effective decisions.

Service Learning includes identifying a community need and through the analysis of data and evidence to devise a project to meet the needs of the community through problem solving.

Communication Skills: Engage in effective interpersonal, oral, written communication.

Through service learning, students communicate with community partners in both oral and written form.

Ethical Responsibility: Demonstrate awareness of personal responsibility in one's civic, social, and academic life.

The foundation of service learning is to invoke the sense of civic and social responsibility.

Information Literacy: Locate, evaluate, and effectively use information from diverse sources.

Because of the nature of service learning, students use various resources to identify the nature of the problem. They use interviews, technology, and print materials in the research stage of service learning.

Critical and Creative Thinking: Effectively analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and apply information and ideas from diverse sources and disciplines.

In a service learning project, students meet community needs through the development of a service project. In order to identify the problem and possible solutions, students must analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and apply information and ideas from diverse sources and disciplines.

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