University of Southern Indiana

Benefits of Service-Learning

Research studies of service-learning demonstrate that service-learning programs can have positive impacts on students in three general areas:

  • Academic engagement and achievement
  • Civic attitudes and behaviors
  • Social and personal skills

The studies also demonstrate that students gain the maximum benefit when their service-learning experience includes:

  • A direct tie to the curriculum.
  • The students being a part of the planning and design of specific service projects.
  • A structured reflection on the service experience occurs within the course.
  • Continuity of service project is for at least one semester.

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