Service learning relies on a method of teaching and learning that integrates community service activities into academic curricula. Within service learning, classroom studies complement service within the community and enable students to reflect upon and address local and national problems.
A service learning curriculum enlarges the learning arena of students from the classroom to the community. Coordinated and thoughtful activities encourage students to reflect on issues in ways that permit them to use their academic skills to deliver effective service to the community. Thus, allowing service learning to transform students from passive learners of information into active learners and community members, whose responsible actions and service efforts renew and change the landscape of their communities.
Service learning not only changes the way students learn, but it changes society’s view of education and service. In this sense, service learning is a philosophy of education and service to the community.