Texas State University Service Learning Program is a collaborative program between the division of Student Affairs and the division of Academic Affairs.
Service-learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, promote civic and personal responsibility, and strengthen communities.
How is Service-learning different?
How is service-learning different from community service, internships,etc.?
- Service-learning uses community service as the vehicle for the attainment of students' academic goals and objectives.
- Community service fills a need in the community through volunteer efforts. Service-learning also fills that need, but it uses that need as a foundation to examine ourselves, our society, and our future. Further, service-learning provides students with opportunities to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations.
- It identifies in advance, and tracks, specific learning objective s and goals (as well as intangible ones).
- Students perform a valuable, significant, and necessary service which has real consequence to the community.
- The goal of the service is to empower students and those being served.
- The needs of the community dictates the service being provided.