• Service-Learning Definition

    There are several ways to define service-learning, however, the Maryland State department of Education has adopted a definition from Learning in Deed. It states:
    Service-learning is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. Students improve their academic skills by applying what they learn in school to the real world; they then reflect on their experience to reinforce the link between their service and their learning.

    Components of Service-Learning

    Service-learning must include preparation, action and reflection. Preparation is the first step that students take by working with their teachers and members of the community to identify key issues that impact the community. Students select a type of action and plan their actual project. Students take action by actually embarking on the task that they have designed through direct service, indirect service and advocacy. Finally, students reflect on their experience reviewing what they have learned.