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Service-Learning has been proven to be beneficial for students. The list below details some of the advantages.
- Enhances work-force development and students’ employability through applied learning and real-life experience.
- Assists in the development of critical thinking skills.
- Offers opportunities for students to explore potential career paths.
- Enhances learning and provides a framework for learning and dissecting information and experiences from field engagement.
- Creates opportunities for students to make connections between academic theory and how this relates to real-life, hands-on practice.
- Encourages civic engagement and social responsibility.
- Serves to create equity and social change; and students are able to see the difference wrought through active involvement.
- Expands thought and theory into action.
- Provides opportunities for students to learn to live with the uncertainty, ambiguity, and “sloppiness” that often accompanies work in the “real world”.
- Decreases effects of current cultural and political apathy.
- Breaks the academic bubble and gets students involved in the larger community in which they live.
- Provides opportunities for students to develop important qualities, such as accountability and responsibility.
- Encourages student leadership and offers opportunities for students to practice leadership skills.
- Promotes self-motivated, life-long learning.
- Contributes to a culture of innovation, unconventional thinking and problem solving.
- Connects students’ values with actions.
- Students experience success and feel a greater sense of efficacy.
- Enhances students’ ability to promote change through action.
- Strengthens communication skills.
Dr. Allen Webb’s English 3140 African Literature class motivates students to directly engage with NGOs the shortage of clean water available to the vast majority of the African continent.
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