At UW-Whitewater, Service-Learning is anchored in credit-bearing courses that provide an educational experience in which students:
- participate in organized community-based projects that meet the needs of our community, and
- reflect on the service in order to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation for the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility (Bringle & Hatcher, 1995).
In addition to course content, the classroom offers a place for students to reflect on their role in a larger society and how their skills and knowledge can make a difference.
Service-Learning is a high impact practice that helps students understand course material, while also encouraging engaged citizenship. Students in Service-Learning courses:
- develop skills for a diverse work place, (Hurtado & DeAngelo, 2012),
- report an increased sense of personal efficacy and awareness of personal values (Astin et al., 2000), and
- report being motivated to work harder and experience a deeper understanding of the subject matter (Eyler & Giles, 1999).