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Volunteers All-state Meeting

August 21, 2021

Many schools on all education levels offer service-learning programs, which allow students to serve the community through volunteering while earning educational credit.According to Alexander Astin in the foreword to Where’s the Learning in Service-Learning? by Janet Eyler and Dwight E. Giles, Jr.,”…we promote more wide-spread adoption of service-learning in higher education because we see it as a powerful means of preparing students to become more caring and responsible parents and citizens and of helping colleges and universities to make good on their pledge to ‘serve society. When describing service learning, the Medical Education at Harvard says, “Service learning unites academic study and volunteer community service in mutually reinforcing ways. …service learning is characterized by a relationship of partnership: the student learns from the service agency and from the community and, in return, gives energy, intelligence, commitment, time and skills to address human and community needs.” Volunteering in service learning seems to have the result of engaging both mind and heart, thus providing a more powerful learning experience; according to Janet Eyler and Dwight E. Giles, it succeeds by the fact that it “…fosters student development by capturing student interest…” More recent scholarship has found shortcomings in the early assumptions of mutual benefit, since early studies were interested in educational benefits rather than community outcomes. An Indiana study found that the nonprofit agencies hosting student service-learners do not report a positive impact on service capacity, although service-learners do help to increase agency visibility. In the end, service-learning must follow other principles of effective volunteer management such as screening, training, and supervising.


August 21, 2021
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TCC Kenya
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