"Service-Learning has re-invigorated my teaching, given
me a greater sense of community and taught me the challenges facing
our students and the community. It has also provided a vehicle
through which my students can learn not only from me, but from
experts in the community. By working with teachers and students at
Teilman Education Center, my students now realize how course
content can be implemented in the "real world" and how their skills
can make a significant difference". . .
"Fresno State's focus on Service-Learning, and the
support the university provides faculty in this area, is one of the
best things about working here". . .
"Students need many skills and much knowledge to
succeed in today's rapidly changing world. I use service learning
as a great tool which helps my students explore career options in
their field of study or beyond. In addition, thru service
learning my students and I stay involved in our communities,
contribute, and share our learned knowledge. But
service learning has another, less immediately visible, social
value. For me it is a vehicle for creating knowledgeable, aware
students who are capable of looking critically at the world in
which they live and work and making informed decisions about their
lives and the lives of others, beyond the subject that I teach". .
"Initially, my students complained when I told them
they needed to take the time to help others learn while they
completed a class in Learning and Memory. By the end of the
class, though, twenty-six of my twenty-nine students, when
asked anonymously, suggested I keep the assignment because they
felt it had strengthened their knowledge of the class material". .
"While my Learning and Memory students helped preschool
and middle-school students work on learning school relevant
materials, they learned how learning happens. Service
Learning made their classroom knowledge become real". . .
"Through helping younger students, my undergraduates
developed stronger ties to the community and increased their
understanding of their own leaning process". . .
"Incorporating service-learning into my public
relations classes was a natural fit. The goal of our program is to
nurture ethical, thoughtful, well-grounded professionals. When the
students are able to apply their knowledge in ways that serve
others, it facilitates that goal.". . .
"Seeing my students have those 'lightbulb' moments --
when they really understand that their work is making an impact --
is priceless. When they understand that they can use their
knowledge to make the world a better place -- it's magical." . .
"In nursing, I find that service learning projects
afford students a way to see the abstract nature of theories in
action, in real life settings. Service learning provides a
“gestalt” that can encompass the student’s
existing schemata; with new theories, ideas and experience. This
learning, if guided and nurtured by faculty through appropriate
reflection, allows the student to make connections between concepts
and content in a manner that I could never hope to accomplish
through words alone". . .