Service learning, a pedagogical approach that has become increasingly popular in American higher education in the 21st century, combines community service and educational goals to simultaneously enhance student learning and benefit communities. Service learning has played an integral role in communication as a discipline. This entry provides an overview of service learning, [Page 1594]discusses why it is valuable, and explores methodological issues related to conducting service learning research, including how to assess the impact of service learning on students and the community.
As the name implies, service learning combines the acquisition of specific learning outcomes with community service, thus bringing together three entities: the community, higher education, and service. Fundamental to this concept is the integration of ...
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