Service-Learning is a curricular-based educational experience in which students participate in and then reflect upon organized service activities that meet community identified needs. These activities are designed 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.
Frequently students and faculty ask about the differences between service learning and other types of experiential education such as practicums and internships. While there is overlap, the primary course objectives differ:
|Meets Community Need||Provides Civic Education||Reflection||Paid||Provides Career Preparation|
|Service-Learning||yes, requisite||yes, requisite||yes, requisite||no||might, coincidental|
|Internship||might, not requisite||might, not requisite||might, not requisite||might be||yes|
|Practicum||might, not requisite||might, not requisite||might, not requisite||no||yes|
Definition approved by the Southern Utah University Faculty Service and Learning Committee April 19, 2002; Gayle Garrett, chair; Jim Jensen; Steve Barney; also in attendance: Neal Cox; Pam Branin; not in attendance: John Peterson, Rebecca White.