Integrating a Service and Learning Paradigm in a Christian Education Environment

From: Volume 7, Issue 1: Spring 2010, Experiential Learning Pages 162-171


This article introduces the concept and practice of service-learning in higher education in America. Following a brief overview of the history of service-learning, the following definition of service- learning is proposed: a teaching and learning strategy that integrates academic instruction, community service, and guided reflection from a Christ-centered, faith based perspective in order to enhance student learning, to foster civic responsibility, and to develop servant leaders. Building on this definition, the article considers arguments for and against service-learning, identifies principles of best practice for service-learning pedagogy, presents guiding principles when organizing/constructing service-learning courses, and introduces various models of service-learning. The article culminates with the question, "Should degree programs in Christian education integrate a service-learning component in the degree plan?"



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