What is Service Learning?
According to the Learn and Serve Clearinghouse:
“Service-learning combines service objectives with learning objectives with the intent that the activity change both the recipient and the provider of the service. This is accomplished by combining service tasks with structured opportunities that link the task to self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of values, skills, and knowledge content.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service conc
eption of service-learning said that it:
- Promotes learning through active participation in service experiences
- Provides structured time for students to reflect by thinking, discussing and/or writing about their service experience
- Provides an opportunity for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations
- Extends learning beyond the classroom and into the community
- Fosters a sense of caring for others (as adapted from the National and Community Service Act of 1990).
At Civication, Inc., we believe service-learning is indispensable to the success of the deaf and hard-of-hearing student. Since deaf students will most likely be working in a “hearing” environment, learning to communicate and interact with the non-deaf world is essential for success.
With a service-learning approach, the deaf students will gain valuable social skills and confidence in navigating in a professional work place. In addition, businesses will learn how deaf workers can contribute to the diversity and productivity of the work force.