Students benefit from community engagement and service-learning through...
- hands-on use of skills and knowledge that increases relevance of academic skills
- accommodation of different learning styles
- interaction with people of diverse cultures and lifestyles
- increased sense of self-efficacy, analytical skills, and social development
- valuable and competitive career guidance and experience
- opportunities for meaningful involvement with the local community
- increased civic responsibility
- "It brings books to life and life to books."
Service-learning has a positive effect on students...
- personal and interpersonal development
- leadership and communication skills
- reducing stereotypes and facilitating cultural & racial understanding
- sense of social responsibility and citizenship skills
- commitment to service
- academic learning
- ability to apply what they have learned in "the real world"
- career development
- relationships with faculty involved in service-learning
- satisfaction with college
The Institute for Learning and Teaching. (2007). CSU Service-Learning Faculty Manual, Fourth Edition. Colorado State University. http://tilt.colostate.edu/guides/tilt_servicelearning/index.cfm