Service Learning Programs
"Service Learning programs are distinguished from other types of service by their intention to equally benefit the provider and the recipient of the service as well as to ensure equal focus on both the service being provided and the learning that is occurring. To do this, service learning programs must have some academic context and be designed in such a way that ensures that both the service enhances the learning and the learning enhances the service. "-Andrew Furco(1990)
Service learning is required in the College of Professional Studies for graduation. Each major within the college has designated specific classes as service learning courses. Check with the department for an updated list of courses.
Several courses within the College of Arts and Sciences have a service learning component as well as courses within the SJLA (Special Jesuit Liberal Arts) Program.
The Community Outreach Office coordinates community sites for service learning courses as well as assisting students and faculty in various aspects of the program. Support is offered to students in site selection, filling out service learning contracts and timesheets.
Support for Faculty who incorporate service learning into courses includes syllabus design, a customized list of community sites which enhance the course content, in-class presentations on service learning and in-class reflections.
Reflection and Service Learning
A central tenet of service learning is reflection. It provides the transformative link between the action of serving and the ideas and understanding of learning. Reflection activities usually occur in the context of the classroom. They may include such activities as journals, papers, discussions and case studies. The course professor, staff of the Center for Social Action and Service Initiatives or students may lead reflection activities.
Some basic reflection questions to be answered by each student about service learning experiences include; What did I observe? How do I feel about what I observed? What have I learned about myself, others and the community? Where does this lead me? How has this affected my faith life?
Click here for Academic Service Learning Time sheets. Time sheets must be printed, completed with appropriate signatures, and submitted to the PCPS Dean's Office, McGurrin Hallroom 111.
All time sheets for the Spring 2012 semester are due by Friday, May 4 2012. Please remember to make a copy of your timesheet for your records prior to handing them in to your instructor.