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What is service learning?

Service Learning uses experiential learning techniques to combine community service with specific learning objectives in a course. 
Through Service Learning students perform meaningful service to the community while engaging in a study that is related to that service. 
Philosophically, service learning reflects the belief that education should be connected to values, character, and social responsibility.
• Students learn and develop through active participation in carefully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs 
and that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community.
• The instructional method is integrated into the academic curriculum and provides time for students to reflect on their activities 
through small group discussions, class activities, and journal writing.
• Students have opportunities to use newly acquired knowledge and skills in actual community situations.
• The lessons taught in the classroom and extended into the communities help students develop a sense of caring and responsibility for 
others (National Community Service Act, 1990).
For students to earn recognition as a Service Learning Scholar they need to complete twelve (12) hours of credit in Service Learning 
designated courses. Additionally, the student must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the designated classes. This 
designation will be recognized on the student’s academic record.


Service Learning uses experiential learning techniques to combine community service with specific learning objectives in a course. 
Through Service Learning students perform meaningful service to the community while engaging in a study that is related to that service. 
Philosophically, service learning reflects the belief that education should be connected to values, character, and social responsibility.
• Students learn and develop through active participation in carefully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs 
and that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community.
• The instructional method is integrated into the academic curriculum and provides time for students to reflect on their activities 
through small group discussions, class activities, and journal writing.
• Students have opportunities to use newly acquired knowledge and skills in actual community situations.
• The lessons taught in the classroom and extended into the communities help students develop a sense of caring and responsibility for 
others (National Community Service Act, 1990).
For students to earn recognition as a Service Learning Scholar they need to complete twelve (12) hours of credit in Service Learning 
designated courses. Additionally, the student must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the designated classes. This 
designation will be recognized on the student’s academic record.
Service Learning uses experiential learning techniques to combine community service with specific learning objectives in a course. 
Through Service Learning students perform meaningful service to the community while engaging in a study that is related to that service. 
Philosophically, service learning reflects the belief that education should be connected to values, character, and social responsibility.
• Students learn and develop through active participation in carefully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs 
and that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community.
• The instructional method is integrated into the academic curriculum and provides time for students to reflect on their activities 
through small group discussions, class activities, and journal writing.
• Students have opportunities to use newly acquired knowledge and skills in actual community situations.
• The lessons taught in the classroom and extended into the communities help students develop a sense of caring and responsibility for 
others (National Community Service Act, 1990).
For students to earn recognition as a Service Learning Scholar they need to complete twelve (12) hours of credit in Service Learning 
designated courses. Additionally, the student must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the designated classes. This 
designation will be recognized on the student’s academic record.
Service Learning uses experiential learning techniques to combine community service with specific learning objectives in a course. 
Through Service Learning students perform meaningful service to the community while engaging in a study that is related to that service. 
Philosophically, service learning reflects the belief that education should be connected to values, character, and social responsibility.
• Students learn and develop through active participation in carefully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs 
and that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community.
• The instructional method is integrated into the academic curriculum and provides time for students to reflect on their activities 
through small group discussions, class activities, and journal writing.
• Students have opportunities to use newly acquired knowledge and skills in actual community situations.
• The lessons taught in the classroom and extended into the communities help students develop a sense of caring and responsibility for 
others (National Community Service Act, 1990).
For students to earn recognition as a Service Learning Scholar they need to complete twelve (12) hours of credit in Service Learning 
designated courses. Additionally, the student must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the designated classes. This 
designation will be recognized on the student’s academic record.

According to the Murray State University Academic Bulletin, "service learning uses experiential learning techniques to combine community service with specific learning objectives in a course" (2014-15, p. 64). Through service learning students perform meaningful service to the community while engaging in a study that is related to that service.

  • Philosophically, service learning reflects the belief that education should be connected to values, character, and social responsibility.
  • Students learn and develop through active participation in carefully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs and that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community.
  • The instructional method is integrated into the academic curriculum and provides time for students to reflect on their activities through small group discussions, class activities, and journal writing.
  • Students have opportunities to use newly acquired knowledge and skills in actual community situations.
  • The lessons taught in the classroom and extended into the communities help students develop a sense of caring and responsibility for others (National Community Service Act, 1990).

For students to earn recognition as a Service Learning Scholar they need to complete twelve (12) hours of credit in Service Learning designated courses. Additionally, the student must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the designated classes. This designation will be recognized on the student’s academic record.



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