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Service-Learning: From Classroom to Community to Career

Service-Learning: From Classroom to Community to Career

No. 8732


Student Workbookby Marie Watkins, Ph.D., and Linda Braun

This workbook helps helps students understand the purpose of service-learning, prepares them to make effective contributions, inspires them to give their best, and encourages them to reflect on their experiences for personal growth.

Students do well when they do good!

In fact, many schools experience the reality that students do better by doing good.

Service-Learning Plays an Important Role in Both Character and Career Development. Why? Because students feel better about themselves when they work toward meeting real needs in their communities. And these improved attitudes spill over to better academic achievement.

Increase the Benefits from Service-Learning. This special new workbook's purposeful structure helps students get more benefit from their service-learning experiences. It helps students understand the purpose of service-learning, prepares them to make effective contributions, inspires them to give their best, and encourages them to reflect on their experiences for personal growth.

Key Features. The workbook is written with an engaging writing style and includes

  • Best practices—""do's and don'ts"" from more than 200 service-learning veterans
  • Case studies
  • Interactive activities and assignment in each chapter
  • Reflective exercises
  • Includes the Student Perspective. The authors studied more than 200 reflective papers written by students who successfully completed service-learning projects. Readers will readily connect with the students'

  • Perceptions of the best practices in service learning
  • Fears and anxieties about the service-learning experience
  • Honesty about situations they experienced for which they wish they had been better prepared
  • Tremendous personal and professional growth through service-learning
  • (184 pp.)

    Partial Table of Contents

    Introduction to Service Learning

    Part I - Planning for a Successful Experience
    1 Starting the Journey: Exploring the Idea of Service Learning
    2 Understanding the Fundamentals of Service Learning: It's Not Just a Volunteer Experience
    3 Making the Connection Between Service and Learning: It All Begins with You

    Part II - Improving Your Service
    4 Recognizing Your Learning Style: How You Know What You Know
    5 Building Skills: It's Not Just What You Do, It's How You Do It!
    6 Working Through the Stages of Service Learning: It's More Than Just a Phase
    7 Designing, Organizing, and Managing the Project: A Hands-on Approach
    8 Learning from Others: A Tale of Two Case Studies

    Part III - Connecting Your Service-Learning Experience to Your Professional Development Goals
    9 Gauging Your Progress: Assessing, Evaluating, and Reflecting on Your Service-Learning Experience
    10 Planning Your Exit: Turning Goodbyes into Hellos

    Appendix - References

     

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