Service-Learning at EKU

What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning is an experiential educational method in which students participate in an organized service activity meeting community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to:

  • develop critical thinking skills.
  • develop an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.

Service-Learning differs from community service activities in that:

  • Service-Learning strives to achieve a balance between service and learning objectives - in service-learning, partners must negotiate the differences in their needs and expectations.
  • Service-Learning places an emphasis on addressing community concerns.
  • In service-learning, there is the integral involvement of community partners.
  • Service-Learning emphasizes reciprocal learning - In service-learning, traditional definitions of "faculty," "teacher" and "learner" are intentionally blurred. We all learn from each other.
  • Service-Learning emphasizes reflective practice - In service-learning, reflection facilitates the connection between practice and theory and fosters critical thinking.
  • Service-Learning places an emphasis on developing citizenship skills.

Adapted from: Seifer SD. (1998). Service-learning: Community-campus partnerships for health professions education. Academic Medicine, 73(3):273-277.


Interested in developing a Service-Learning course? Contact Rose Perrine