What Is Service-Learning?

Resource Description
Battistoni, R. M. (2002). Civic engagement across the curriculum: A resource book for service-learning faculty in all disciplines. Providence, RI: Campus Compact. This volume offers faculty in all disciplines rationales and resources for connecting their service-learning efforts to the broader goals of civic engagement. It provides concrete examples of course materials, exercises, and assignments that can be used to develop students’ civic capacities regardless of disciplinary area. Annotation from http://www.wcu.edu/WebFiles/PDFs/Bibliography_of_Civic_Engagement.pdf.
Vernon, A., Foster, L. (2002). Community Agency Perspectives in Higher Education: Service-Learning and Volunteerism. Service-learning through a multidisciplinary lens. (Eds. Billig, S., & Furco, A.) Greenwich, CT: Information Age. This study examined the perceived impacts that college students have at the community agencies where they serve and on the needs of the youth their service is addressing. It provides a little represented voice in the SL literature, that of the community agency.
Steinke, P., Fitch, P., Johnson, C., Wadstein. F. (2002). An interdisciplinary Study of Servcie-Learning Predictors and Outcomes among College Students. Service-learning through a multidisciplinary lens. (Eds. Billig, S., & Furco, A.) Greenwich, CT: Information Age. An interdisciplinary team studied predictors of five outcomes of SL: cognitive learning, intellectual development, spiritual and ethical development, civic engagement, and community impact. The results of the study provide recommendations for best practices for specific outcomes.
Eyler, J., & Giles, D. E. (1999). Where's the learning in service-learning? San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. This is a foundational text that provides an overview of how SL helps students achieve important outcomes in a college education. It identifies how particular characteristics of SL make a difference. A sample of some of these learning outcomes: personal and interpersonal development, critical thinking, perspective transformation, citizenship. The book provides data from two national research projects conducted between 1993-1998 and subsequent interviews.
Campus Compact. (2003). Introduction to service-learning toolkit: Readings and resources for faculty (2nd ed.). Providence, RI: Campus Compact. This revised edition brings together the best, most up-to-date writing and resources on service-learning, from learning theory and pedagogy to practical guidance on how to implement service-learning in the classroom. This edition reflects the tremendous growth in service-learning that has occurred since the first Toolkit was published in 2000. In addition to updated material throughout, this volume includes expanded chapters on community partnerships, student development, and redesigning curriculum, as well as two new chapters—one exploring the connection between service- learning and civic engagement and the other focusing on community-based research. Annotation from http://www.wcu.edu/WebFiles/PDFs/Bibliography_of_Civic_Engagement.pdf.
Jacoby, B. (1996). Service-Learning in Today's Higher Education. Service-learning in higher education: Concepts and practices. (Eds. Jacoby, B. & Associates) San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Most of this chapter is dated and, although it provides an interesting historical perspective on SL (1960-90s), it is not very useful. The definintion of SL and the discussions of Reflection and Reciprocity are clear.