Service-Learning @ Trinity
If you’ve just surfed in from Trinity, you might be asking yourself, What Is Service-Learning? This website is here to (try to) answer that question as well as to provide resources for Trinity Students, Faculty, and Community Partners to use as we work together to strengthen our Northeast DC community through engaging in community-based learning together.
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Service-Learning and Social Change
Service-learning is a concept that is often misunderstood. We define it as . . . “[P]articipation in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflects on service activity as a means of gaining a deeper understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.”
Source: A Service Learning Curriculum for Faculty
Service-Learning . . . places equal emphasis on service and learning as educational requirements. Service-learning combines a course-based, credit-bearing, educational experience in which students provide service (as defined by the community-based organizations) and reflect on the service activity as a means of gaining a better understanding of course content.
It is a pedagogy that allows students to test theories with real life experiences. Students are assessed not for performing a public service, but rather for their reflective and analytical ability to apply the course material to their service experience.
Community Based Research is . . . an extension of service-learning. In CBR projects, service primarily focuses on the provision of research and advocacy for community based organizations.
Source: PowerPoint Presentation by Dr. Roxana Moayedi. Download the PowerPoint Presentation.
For more extensive information on service-learning and CBL, go to “What Is Service-Learning?”