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What is service-learning?

Students posing with tools used during Bobcat Build

What is Service-Learning? 

Service-learning is a form of experiential education where students engage in activities that address human and community needs, together with structured opportunities for reflection designed to achieve a desired set of learning outcomes (Jacoby, 1996). 

Service-learning assumes that learning not only take place as a result of an experience itself, but through reflection that promotes learning about the social issues that influence the needs of the communities that the students serve. 

The learning outcomes (see below) help ensure we provide students the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the communities they serve and to develop an understanding of why their service is important. 

Learning Outcomes

As a result of participating in service-learning events, students will be able to:

Critically analyze their environments and develop an understanding of the importance of service to their communities.

Understand the meaning of active citizenship and how it relates to their profession and their place in society.

Reflect on their experiences and explore their values and willingness for continued engagement with their communities after they leave Texas State.