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Definition of Service-Learning

According to the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993:


Is a method whereby students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of communities;

Is coordinated with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community service program and the community;

Helps foster civic responsibility;

Is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students, or the education components of the community service program in which the participants are enrolled;

And provides structured time for students or participants to reflect on the service Experience.

For additional definitions please refer to National Service-Learning Clearinghouse website

Last Updated: June 7, 2006
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