Service-Learning is a structured learning experience that provides students with the opportunity to meet academic objectives through provision of community service. Students will work with community partners to develop and implement projects to meet those needs of the organization, and reflect on the value of the experience from a community and interpersonal perspective.
Misericordia’s Service-Learning Objectives:
How is Service-Learning different from community service, internships, and clinical placements?
Community Service is a volunteer activity done by individuals or groups whom provide personal and professional service to the community.
An internship is a short-term work experience in which student receive training and gain experience in a specific field or career area. An internship is either unpaid or paid and credit or non-credit.
Clinical/Fieldwork Placements are required field experiences in the major program that provides a setting for students to apply knowledge, skills and attitudes developed in the classroom. This environment facilitates professional development and successful performance as an entry level professional.
Service-Learning refers to academic courses in which service and learning shape the classroom. In addition to traditional course objectives, Service-Learning courses identify and meet the needs of individuals, communities or agencies in one semester duration. Faculty, service recipient(s), and students all participate in the learning experience. Reflective exercises strengthen students understanding and the service learning pedagogy.
“As a result of my experience at Ruth's Place, I continue to volunteer and make new friends, learn more, and change the lives of not only the women who live at the shelter but also the people I take with me to volunteer. Service-Learning provided me with a way to understand the concepts sociology provided me. I strongly believe that being enrolled into a class with service-learning as part of the curriculum is the best way to learn.” –Nicole O’Connor, Nursing student