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1. Impact Studies

These studies focus on assessing the impacts of service-learning and community engagement on participants, including students, faculty, staff, institutions and the community. The impact studies across a broad range of short term and long term outcomes.

Implementation/Process Studies

Implementation studies focus on examining the practices service-learning and community engagement and the ways in which these practices are effective in achieving particular goals. Implementation studies seek to improve practice and provide guidance on best practices across a broad range of service-learning and community engagement programmatic approaches.

Institutionalization Studies

Institutionalization studies focus on examining the factors that promote the sustainability and institutionalization of service-learning and community engagement across institutional and community contexts.

Methodological Considerations

Over the years, there has been much debate over the kinds of methods that are appropriate for the study of service-learning and community engagement.

A broad range of research designs, methods, and approaches are needed in order to gain a full understanding of the nature of the field.

Instrument and Measures

Securing quality research requires valid and appropriate instruments and measures that can secure the best data and provide opportunities for thorough, systematic analyses. Many of the instruments that have been developed for study of service-learning and community engagement are home grown instruments that are often applied to single studies and are not cultivated further for potential use in other studies.

Replication

No one study provides all of the evidence, understanding, or knowledge that is needed to draw firm conclusions about service-learning or community engagement. Replication is a critical feature on scientific inquiry and research.

SENSE Center for Civic Engagement and Responsible Management Education

The SENSE Center enables students and civil society organizations as well as schools to jointly implement a practical project. In this way, students get to know the work in civil society and the educational system and experience what it means to take responsibility for society.

Community Engaged Learning Service

A consultancy at UCL that aims to enable the development of more Community Engaged Learning opportunities into teaching. Students and community partners have been at the centre of the service, co-designing its offering, processes and resources.

Guide 1 Service-learning and reflective practice

The very nature of service-learning, as a common project of social entities and the university, becomes a training strategy and one of linking with responsibility in university training and, in this context, reflective practice contributes to the training of ethically and socially committed professionals.

Transformative Communication and Cultural Efficacy Festival

To strengthen social awareness, ethics, and critical thinking in future media professionals through their engagement in the process of developing with a social partner an action on Communication for Social Change.

Limerick Inside Out: Environment and Well-Being

To enhance the students’ experience of being in Ireland by working closely with local civic groups.It incorporates activities designed to foster student awareness and understanding of environmental concerns and social innovation.

The European Commission has published a new report entitled Community Engagement in Higher Education: Trends, Practices and Policies, prepared by the EC’s Network of Experts on the Social Dimension of Education and Training

Social Services in times of crisis

Responding to the community needs in times of the natural disaster, after the 6.4 earthquake in Albania in November 2019.Temporary accommodation, tents, social, psychological and edutainment services were offered to the affected families.

I’M LIKE YOU

“I’m like you” born from a group of 3 psychology students who decided to face the cyberbullying problem. They had opened an Instagram page “Io come te” (I’m like you) to raise awareness on this issue, felt even more urgent because, during the pandemic, social media were the only way to have relationships with others.

VUB Chair of Social Entrepreneurship – The Circular Economy Challenge

The VUB Chair of Social Entrepreneurship, together with its partners, wanted to stimulate the creativity of students, entrepreneurs, and employees to develop innovative solutions for the circular economy.

Call for Papers: A special issue of International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

European Perspectives on the Socially Responsible and Engaged University
Focused on issues surrounding social responsibility in higher education and university engagement with social responsibility in order to generate a European overview of USR from the perspective of responsible research, responsible teaching, USR as an institutional topic, and socially responsible services.

Against Trafficking and other Human Rights Abuses in prostitution contexts

The Project aims is to cover the social need to improve efficiency in the use of public resources, as well as to complete the training of students of the UNED (National Distance Education University)

Duquesne University Occupational Therapy and Service-Learning Experience

Duquesne University occupational therapy student Amber Rex shares her meaningful service-learning experience. http://www.duq.edu/servicelearning. Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation’s top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students’ social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne’s commitment to sustainability.

Making the Connection: The Service Learning Revolution

Making the Connection is an ambitious project, a 60-minute motion picture documentary targeting educators, academic institutions, and communities seeking information on Service Learning. The project introduces Service Learning trainers and practitioners in their environments, while also introducing the community partners who work with the students. The movie demonstrates that Service Learning is available in a variety of locations and formats, from elementary and secondary education through higher education. Service Learning allows children and young adults to connect learning new things with active and engaged citizenship; they acquire a sense of responsibility and accomplishment while learning

The Extraordinary Teaching Project: Service Learning: Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences

Hazel Hilton Seaba, Chris Catney, and Jim Peterson describe how a long-running, international service-learning course helps students to expand and apply academic knowledge in the context of addressing community-identified projects, issues, or needs. Key aspects of this strategy include critical thinking skills, team-based learning, community-engaged learning, and student motivation.

Power of Service Learning

The “Growing Together” Service-Learning Network, sponsored by the non-profit Partnerships Make A Difference, utilizes Service-Learning/Project Based Learning as instructional strategies to enrich the teaching/learning process, enhance student success, improve school climate, and actively address a wide range of significant local/global needs/issues. This “community” fosters effective partnerships among schools, community agencies/organizations, higher education partners, and philanthropic sponsors so that desired results can be achieved over time. This video highlights the annual “Service-Learning” Leadership Summit for students and teachers in central Ohio.

Service Learning | TEDxYouth@Zurich

Antonia talks about school service trips and in particular how they affect ongoing support units. Antonia McGrath is a student in the Netherlands, studying International Studies with a specialization in Latin America. She’s also the co-founder and chair of a small non-profit called educate. that works to empower children and youth in Honduras through education and preventative healthcare. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.