Intentional combination of community service objectives and learning opportunities that benefits both the recipient and provider of the service. Student service learning projects should be structured to link learning tasks to self-reflection so that they enrich learning, strengthen communities, and teach civic responsibility.
See also experiential education.
Service learning is a model of experiential education and combines both action and reflection. It is popular at all levels of schooling, from kindergarten through university study, and can be appropriate for any subject area. Community service credits are a graduation requirement in some school districts.