To learn more about Service-Learning at Purdue University visit our Service-Learning Website.
Service-Learning, a subset of service-engagement, is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students:
- Participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs
- Use knowledge and skills directly related to a course or discipline
- Reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain:
- further understanding of course content
- a broader appreciation of the discipline
- an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility
- Campus Compact. (2001). Annual Service Statistics 2000. Providence, Rhode Island: Brown University.
- Eyler, J., & D.E. Giles, J. (1999). Where's the Learning in Service-Learning? San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
- Eyler, J., Giles, D.E., Stenson, C.M., and Gray, C.J. (1993-2000) What We Know about The Effects of Service-Learning on College Students, Faculty, Institutions and Communities. Third Edition, Vanderbilt University.
- Fiske, E.B. (2001). Learning in Deed. The Power of Service-Learning for American Schools. Battle Creek, MI: W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
- NCSL (National Commission on Service Learning), Learning in Deed. (2002). Learning in Deed: The Power of Service-Learning for American Schools.
- Stanton, T. (1990). Service learning: Groping toward a definition (65-67). In Jane C. Kendall and Assoc., Combining Service and Learning: A Resource Book for Community and Public Service (Vol. 1).
- The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse. (1994). Defining Service-Learning.
Words of Wisdom
- If you would like to explore the possibility of converting your course into a service-learning course — or even making a component of your course be service-learning — contact one of the Community of Service-Learning Faculty Fellows (CSLFF). These faculty members are interested in promoting the practice of service-learning on campus and would be happy to help you get started. You can contact them through the Center for Instructional Excellence at CIE@purdue.edu, or by phone at 496-6422.
- There are two grant programs that you can apply for funds to help you incorporate service-learning into your course. Annually, each of the deans of the 10 academic colleges nominates someone from their college for this award. The grant is for $2,000. There are also a number of Community of Service-Learning Faculty Fellow Grants worth $5,000 that are awarded annually. Contact the Center for Instructional Excellence for more information about these grants.