Students' reflections on community service learning i nternships are a rapidly expanding educational tech nique to enhance students' ability to learn. Service learning reflection toolkit1 reflection is a crucial part of community service, which allows volunteers to look back on, think critically about, and learn. I chose to complete my service learning hours at the quantum house it is an organization located on 45th street behind st mary's medical center in west palm beach, fl. Service-learning refers to learning that actively involves students in a wide range of experiences, which often benefit others and the community, while also advancing the goals of a given curriculum community-based service activities are paired with structured preparation and student reflection.
Reflection is an integral part of service learning and attendance to at least one reflection session is highly encouraged check with your professor to find out if you are required to attend a reflection session you are welcome to attend more than on. Reflection circles are discussion groups for students serving the greater lansing community through a service-learning class instead of writing a reflection paper, students instead come to reflection circles, to have a discussion which links their service-learning experiences to personal growth, academic learning, and meeting their future. Reflections, a peer reviewed journal, provides a forum for scholarship on public rhetoric, civic writing, service-learning, and community literacyoriginally founded as a venue for teachers, researchers, students and community partners to share research and discuss the theoretical, political and ethical implications of community-based writing and writing instruction, reflections publishes a. Guest post by elizabeth leonard, founder and president, blue bridge project 3 reasons why reflection is a key piece of the service learning experienceweeks spent volunteering abroad are filled with activity it is often difficult for volunteers to find time for reflection.
Reflection is said to be the hyphen in service-learning, linking the service work to the learning objectives reflection is the intentional consideration of the service experience in light of particular learning objectives. Reflections on service learning the difference between social service and social justice is that social service works to allevaite hardship, while social justice aims to eradicate the root cause of that hardship. Reflection journals student journals are common reflection activities in service-learning courses because they provide a way for students to express their thoughts and feeling about the service experience. One of the differentiating points between volunteering or classroom learning, as compared to service-learning, is the heavy emphasis on reflection although some learning is gained through the actual physical service, i found that the bulk and core of the learning is done during careful reflection. Reflection is a key component of service-learning in fact, reflection is the link between the service and the learning reflection is the intentional consideration of an experience in light of particular learning objectives.
Emotion and learning: feeling our way toward a new theory of reflection in service-learning michigan journal of community service learning, 12(2), 38-46. Students' service-learning experience compiled by professor diane sloan, miami dade college, and based on the work of julie hatcher and robert bringle's reflection activities for the. Discusses the concept of reflection as a vital component to academic service-learning as a result of reflection, students form conscious links between self, school and community and explore the value that comes from civic engagement. Service-learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs picking up trash on a river bank is service studying water samples under a microscope is learning. Reflection is essential to service-learning reflection is thinking about a service experience in order to connect the service experience and the course material although one can reflect alone, it is important to share perceptions with others who may have interpreted.
Service learning pre-service reflection in preparation of service, have students think about their service site, the population the site serves, the service they will perform and their expectations for the experience. Introduction reflection is one of the most academically rigorous components of a service-learning course students who take the time to reflect on service-learning experiences will get more from those experiences. Reflection is a key component of service learning, and is that component which distinguishes service learning from volunteerism reflection provides faculty the means to assess the experiential learning that occurs when students participate in service activities outside the classroom.
Community service, instruction, and reflection the center for service-learning at edmonds community college provides support for service-learning courses and events at the college and in the community. Printer-friendly version skill/discipline focus questions pre-professional reflection questions discipline - specific, text-based reflection questions blooms-based text-specific questions course theory focus questions how does the service experience relate to class material.
This article explores how reflection is a cornerstone of service-learning and how active learning strategies foster academic persistence and success it provides a theoretical framework for the pedagogy of experiential education (dewey. A) the name of the agency was thomas house temporary shelter and its mission is to provide a safe, supportive environment and resources necessary for homeless families with children to remain together while empowering them to become independent and self-sufficient. A service-learning trip is an opportunity to do service work and learn something from said service work over winter break 2013, a group of 10 people from western oregon university (wou) traveled to haiti for a service learning opportunity as a group, we left december 12 and returned december 23.