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General strategies for service learning
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Some general strategies may include:

Tailor the service component to meet course goals and student learning outcomes

"As Dewey (cited in Hutchings and Wutzdorff, 1988, p. 5) points out, “mere activity does not constitute experience.” Service learning is most likely to provide academically valuable experience when the service is structured to serve specific learning goals and to meet real community needs, and when it is preceded by orientation and preparation. The broad goals for service learning may include making learning more meaningful by challenging students to apply theories and principles in the real world, helping students develop leadership skills, preparing students to join the workforce, and promoting students’ civic engagement. (Sources: Chapdelaine et al., 2005; Colby et al., 2003; Ehrlich, 2000; Ostrow, 2004)"

Collaborate with other campus groups to identify service learning opportunities

"Most real-world problems can best be addressed by multidisciplinary teams. When seeking partners, look to academic departments other than your own, as well as to the campus student affairs office, career counselling office, and other service centers. (Sources: Engstrom, 2003; Vaz, 2005)"

Establish relationships with outside agencies

"Nonprofit organisations can be natural partners for service learning and field assignments. Before referring students to these groups, create your own relationships with people in the organisations. (Sources: Jacoby, 2003; Rubin, 2001)"

Source: Tools for Teaching, Davis, BG, 2009

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