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Service Learning at Andover

“Service learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.”

Robert Bringle and Julie Hatcher, “A Service Learning Curriculum for Faculty,” Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (Fall 1995): 112–122.

Service Learning courses are designed for older students and demand that the students themselves be the primary architects of each other's learning. Many instructors encourage students to become involved in service to complement their classroom work. For instance, language teachers highlight service projects that work with native Chinese, Russian, German, and Spanish speakers. Students also make their own connections between their academic work and community involvement. Nutrition, algebra skills, immigration, public housing, data bases, and rites of passage are all topics from biology, math, history, computer science, and English that students encounter when working in the community.