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Service-Learning

Service-Learning is an excellent way to incorporate classroom objectives into student experiences.  The literature on this subject is comprehensive and clear: service-learning invigorates educational subjects, improves student retention of material, and helps develop critical thinking.  (Eyler, Giles, Stenson, and Gray, 2001) 


 

Academic service learning is, essentially, a form of experiential learning where students integrate community service with the structured learning taking place in the classroom to enrich their learning of the course material.  In addition, Service-Learning helps students develop critical reflection, deepens their understanding of the complex causes of social problems, and enhances their skills in working collaboratively.

Service-Learning is more than just merely volunteering; it provides a level of critical thinking not obtained through regular volunteerism.  Since the service is academically anchored, it enhances what students are learning in a class and gives them an opportunity to actively reflect on what they are learning because of the experience.

After reviewing numerous available definitions of service-learning in the large body of literature related to engaged learning, the Committee agreed that the following definition for the National Service-learning Clearinghouse (www.servicelearning.org) best suited the needs of APSU:

 “Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” 

CRN

Course Name

Course #

Instructor

2058

Adapted Physical Education

3010

Lewis

1005

Public Speaking

COMM 2045

Arrington

1019

Public Speaking

COMM 2045

Arrington

3023

Intro to Nonprofits & Grant Writing 

PSY 4610

Hock

2581

Literature for Children

Reading 4050

Stone

2545

Design Center 

ART 4130 

Bush

3041

Intro to Health Services 

AHS 1010

Latchem

COMM 2400 – Media Writing
COMM 4020 – Communications in Organizations
COMM 3910 – Media Relations
COMM 1010 – Public Speaking
COMM 4910 - PR campaigns
COMM 2000 - News Reporting
COMM 4760 - Video Production II
CSCI 4930 - Topics
HIST 2010 - American History I
HIST 2020 – American History II
SOC 3750 – Population Dynamic
SOC 4850 – Sociology of Food
SOC 1010 - Intro to Sociology
SOC 4910 - Sr. Capstone
WS 2060 – Intro to LGBTQ
WS 2050 – Women & Culture
ENG 1020 – Composition 2
ENG 1010 E – Composition 1
ENG 1010 – Composition 1
ENG 2030 - World Literature
ENG 4600 - Special Topics
ENG 3010 – American Literature
READING 4050 - Literature for Children
LDEV 3200 – Community, Leadership, Strategy, Social Change
SW 3530 – Social Work and Military
SW 3700 - Child Welfare II
ACCT 4490  - Special Problems in  Accounting
BIO 4080 – General Ecology
BIO 4330 - Aquatic Biology & Water Quality
BIO 2440 - Sustaining Biodiversity
HHP 3190 – Rhythms, Plays and Games
HHP 2120 – Rhythmic Movement & Education
HHP 3010 – Adapted Physical Education
HHP 2030 - Youth and Adolescent Health
Spanish 2010 – Intermediate Spanish
Spanish 304 A - Study Abroad
Spanish 304 B - Study Abroad
AHS  1010– Intro to Health Care Professions
ART 4130 – Design Center
ART 4050 - Ceramics III
ART 324 - History of Native American Art & Culture

Honors 300x – Colloquim
MedTech 4490 - Clinical Chemistry  &  Urinalysis  
POLS 451 -  Applied Polling and Survey Research
POLS 4260 - Campaign Strategy
AGRI 4450 - Honeybee Biology and Beekeeping
PHIL 3050 - Religious Ethics

Alexandra Wills Director, Center for Service - Learning & Community Engagement
Tracy Nichols Instructor, Communication Department
Marsha Lyle - Gonga Assistant Professor, Political Science
Elaine Berg Associate Professor, Library 
Sue Evans Associate Professor, Professional Studies
Perry Scanlan Associate Professor, Allied Health
Jill Eichhorn Associate Professor, Languages & Literature
Christina Hicks Goldston Assistant Professor, Communication Department