Theory into Practice
Although the merits of service learning frequently rest on how well it can be argued that the programs improve students' academic skills, this is only one of several outcomes that can result from implementing service learning programs. This article introduces readers to the full range of goals that service learning promises to achieve and to the specific principles that can be put into practice in order to meet these goals. Service learning consciously integrates students' experiences into the curriculum. As such it addresses the three major goals of "experiential education": allowing students to become more effective change agents, developing students' sense of belonging in the communities of which they are members, and developing student competence. The areas of competence addressed extend beyond the academic realm to include leadership, communication, and organizational skills.
Carver, Rebecca Lynn, "Theoretical Underpinnings of Service Learning" (1997). Service Learning, General. 40.