Module 3: Environmental Service Learning

What is Service Learning?

This section explains the Service Learning methodology and why this approach is the most appropriate when facing complex  problems related to the environment.

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that combines learning objectives with community service in order to provide a progressive learning experience while meeting societal needs.

Through service learning, students engage in meaningful community service projects that are linked to academic learning objectives.

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Students are encouraged to reflect critically on their experiences to deepen their understanding of course content and gain practical skills and personal values.

Activity: Examine the diagram which illustrates the service learning approach.

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Service Learning methodology

Using service learning, students can make a positive impact on their local community while developing a range of important skills and attitudes, such as leadership, teamwork, empathy, cultural competency, and civic responsibility.

<–  Local engagement

 

Learning competences

Depending on the specific context and goals, achieving local engagement usually involves a number of stepsFind out about the steps that can be taken.

Activity: Watch the video describing the methodology of this learning method.

The TOGETHER Erasmus Plus Project focused on service learning in schools.

Activity: Play the video about the project and then explore the Service Learning competence framework and teacher handbook created (https://together-erasmus.eu/), as well as the training course for teachers (https://academy.together-erasmus.eu).

SERVICE LEARNING AND ENVIRONMENT

Service learning enables environmental engagement because it allows students to gain practical experience in addressing local community issues while also developing a deeper understanding of the root causes and consequences.

Students are able to work with community partners to design and implement projects that address specific environmental challenges in their local communities, such as reducing waste, conserving resources, educating young children and promoting sustainable practices.

Service learning also provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their experiences and connect them to broader social, economic, and political issues related to the environment.

Through this reflective process, students can develop a sense of social responsibility and a commitment to making a positive impact on the world.

If you want to know more about Service Learning download the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching Guide.

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