Good Practice for Combining Service & Learning at Lipscomb University

The following suggested characteristics of service-learning experiences are taken from research by the National Society of Experiential Education, The Johnson Foundation and the input of representatives from over 70 service and education organizations.

1.  The service-learning experience considers the needs of the community and provides opportunities for students to contribute to the common good.

2.  The experience provides clear service and learning outcomes where the service activity is connected to the objectives of the course or experience.

3.  Faculty and Community Partners communicate to ensure a successful service-learning experience for all parties.

4.  Service-learning opportunities are designed to consider the best interests of all service-learning participants.

5.  Training, support, evaluation and recognition are included in the service-learning experience.

6.  Reflection exercises are integrated into the service-learning experience in such a way that the service is linked to a wider academic, social/civic and/or personal/spiritual context.

7.  Opportunities are designed through a process that recognizes that organizations and circumstances are often changing.

8.  Service-learning experiences incorporate the unique perspective of each party involved and encourage interaction with diverse populations.


Adopted from Wingspread Report: Principles of Good Practice for Combining Service and Learning, Honnet E. P. & Poulsen, S. (1989).