Service Learning

Jean Bailey, Ph.D.

May 3, 2011

Video Segments

  1. What is service-learning, and why is it important?
  2. What models of service-learning can you follow?
  3. What are the essential elements of service-learning?
  4. What is the distinguishing feature of service-learning?
  5. How can you assess service-learning?


What is service-learning, and how can you incorporate it in your curriculum? This video provides the answers. Dr. Ura Jean Oyemade Bailey draws upon her experience as Graduate Professor of Human Development in the School of Education, where she has designed and supervised multiple service-learning projects in District of Columbia communities. She explains what service-learning is, why it is important, and describes several curricular models of service-learning that faculty can select. Situating service-learning at the intersection of academic courses, experiential learning, and civic learning, she identifies the key components of successful service-learning projects: (1) preparation, (2) action, (3) reflection, and (4) assessment. She also recommends strategies to prompt reflection and cites additional service-learning resources.