Reflections on Service Learning
Reflection by Susan T. Toth, Director of Education, Pine Jog Environmental Education Center, College of Education, Florida Atlantic University (September 6, 2005):
"When students are given the opportunity to apply their classroom learning through hands-on service projects of their own design, we are engaging them in a powerful educational experience. Service learning provides a proven vehicle that is both the means and the application of learning. The Service Learning activities in our courses are directly related to specific course objectives; and not only challenge students to apply their learning in a real world context, but result in students' personal satisfaction and feeling of empowerment that they can make a difference in their communities."
Reflection by Professor Dennis S. Palkon, Ph. D., M.P.H., M.S.W., College of Business, Florida Atlantic University (July 26, 2005):
"According to most of my students, their Service Learning class is their greatest learning experience at FAU since it places them in the real world with real problems, issues and solutions. As a professor, I also believe that Service Learning helps me help students give back to the community and produce beneficial change for all. Students often obtain more self-confidence and experiential knowledge with Service Learning and desire it as a means to do good and to be enriched by it. "