Service Learning Reflection Journal

Service Learning Reflection Journal

Margaret Sass, Purdue University

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Service-Learning, a subset of service-engagement, is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs; use knowledge and skills directly related to a course or discipline; and reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility.

This handbook in the Purdue University Learning and Service Engagement Series (PULSE) provides a guide for reflections and critical thought for students engaged in Service Learning courses. As you experience community service, you will be reflecting through questions regarding how you react and feel about those service learning events. Some questions will also be related to the logistics of your activities. Based on the methods used at Purdue, the handbook is also intended be of use to instructors at other institutions interested in leading their students through Service Learning projects.

The handbook contains a range of self-assessment tools designed to be used as follows:

  • Take the Public Affairs Scale prior to your community service assignment/project.
  • Complete the pre-service learning project plan – this will assist with the planning process of your service learning project.
  • Fill out the daily journal or weekly journal based on your professor’s instructions.
  • Complete the final reflection assignment if required by your professor.
  • Complete the Public Affairs Scale after you completed the community service assignment/project.