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Using Service-Learning to Educate Students about Stakeholder Involvement

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Author(s): Beth Walter Honadle | Patrick Kennealy

Journal: Partnerships : A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
ISSN 1944-1061

Date: 2012;
Original page

ABSTRACT
Using Lee’s definition of service-learning as “an instructional method in which students learn course content by actively participating in thoughtfully organized service experiences related to that content”, this article offers a case of action-oriented service- learning. It shows one way to combine traditional teaching methods with an action-oriented approach to service-learning that benefits both the community and imparts critical know-how into the education of planning students. Through service-learning students acquire valuable skills and also increase their competence as practitioners and increase their confidence in their field in a way that nurtures their abilities and provides minimal risk to the clientele because the students are working under the guidance of faculty. As previous research from diverse fields have shown, service-learning benefits the students and the groups they encounter through their projects. KEYWORDSservice-learning, civic engagement, community development
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