Goals For Students in Service-Learning Classes May Include:
- Students have the opportunity to do what they are learning in class through experiential education.
- Students have deeper understanding of self and their involvement in the community.
- Students are more aware of issues in the community and develop a sense of responsibility to address those issues.
- Students are exposed to diverse communities therefore dispelling misconceptions.
- Students have a shared experience and opportunity to develop classroom cohesiveness.
- Students develop civic responsibility and plan for future involvement.
Research Has Shown That Service-Learning Impacts Students
- Increases academic learning
- Increases ability to apply what they've learned in real world
- Some studies show a positive impact and some no impact on grades and GPA
- Increases critical thinking and problem analysis skills
Some studies show a positive impact and some no impact on cognitive moral development
- Increases personal efficacy
- Increases understanding of identity
- Supports spiritual growth
- Supports moral development
Supports interpersonal development such as team work, leadership, and communication skills
- Reduces or supports stereotyping
- Facilitates cultural and racial understanding
- Increases social responsibility, activism and citizenship skills
- Increases commitment to service
- Service in college is associated with involvement in service after graduation
- Builds resume experience
- Service hours are applicable to future job opportunities and/or graduate school
- Increases networking opportunities
- Service work can be highlight on Portfolium and linked to LinkedIn profiles
Relationship with institution
- Stronger faculty relationships
- Improves student satisfaction with college
- Increases graduation rates
Impact of service-learning classes with a political focus
- Both students with an interest in politics and those without experience significant gains in just about every dimension of every civic learning
- Students with little prior interest in the political process have larger and more consistent gains in civic learning
- No impact on political ideology
- No impact on political party affiliation²
1 From At a Glance: What We Know About the Effects of Service-Learning on College Students, Faculty, Institutions and Communities. Janet S. Eyler, Dwight E. Giles, Jr., Christine M. Stenson, and Charlene J. Gray.
²The Place of Political Learning in College Anne Colby. Spring/Summer 2008 Peer Review.
Impact of CSL on Students Cognitive Development
Impact of Service-Learning and Social Justice Education on College Students' Cognitive Development, NASPA Journal, 2006, Vol. 43, no. 2 (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators)
ABSTRACT: This study used the Measure of Epistemology Reflection to explore the impact of service-learning and social justice education on college students' cognitive development. Six service-learning courses taught with or without a social justice emphasis were studied. Results showed that service-learning courses in general had a positive impact on students' cognitive development, while service-learning courses with a social justice emphasis appeared to have more impact on students' cognitive development than those without a social justice emphasis.