SEVEN ELEMENTS OF SERVICE-LEARNING (Adopted and adapted by NP Office of Service-Learning)
These seven elements serve to guide NP academic staff in designing their S-L modules.
The Service-Learning project must be seen by both the community/partner and the students as being meaningful. It should address real community needs and issues, resulting in learning, personal development and positive community impact.
Both the community/partner and the students learn from each other and mutually benefit from the Service-Learning experience.
The community/partner is consulted and plays a major role in shaping the Service-Learning project.
Dialogue with Diverse Others
Students should interact directly with people from varied backgrounds and having different perspectives, who are part of the community and its stakeholders.
Students should be empowered to play a significant role in shaping the Service-Learning project.
Reflection must be intentionally structured to enable students to examine and evaluate their experiences, attitudes and values, while deepening academic connections. This develops their critical thinking and helps them consider future actions in their personal lives and in society.
Connection between Service and Learning
Service-Learning is most effective when there is a clear connection between the academic learning objectives and the service project that the students are involved in. This will help deepens students’ understanding of the module content and provides a broader appreciation of the discipline.
This package contains the following:
Lecturers can use or make reference to the package in their modules to prepare students for their S-L projects. They are encouraged to conduct pre-service discussion and facilitated reflection on the community/sub-community that their students will be servicing and its related subculture, as well as post-service facilitated reflection on learning points about CQ and values.
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