What is Service-Learning?
EDUCATING FOR DEMOCRACY
Service-learning offers a unique opportunity for America's young people -- from kindergarten to university students -- to get involved with their communities in a tangible way by integrating service projects into the curriculum. As a form of experiential education, service-learning connects theory to practice by applying classroom academic learning to "real-world" social, economic, and environmental problems in the community. As a pedagogy for democracy, service-learning contributes to building and revitalizing communities at the school, neighborhood, city, or even global level, while students learn about democratic participation, leadership, and active citizenship. As a fun and stimulating teaching method, service-learning promises to strengthen academic skills and increase motivation for educational achievement.
THE SERVICE-LEARNING MODEL
The service-learning model involves five key project phases: