Service Learning

“Service learning (SL) is a form of experiential education where learning occurs through a cycle of action and reflection.” In service learning, students, in partnership with the community, are “applying what they are learning to community problems and, at the same time, reflecting upon their experience as they seek to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding and skills for themselves.” [1]
[1] Champagne, N. (2006). Increasing advocacy skills for entry-level health educators through service learning. Journal for Civic Commitment, 7, Spring, 2.

Service Learning is a teaching pedagogy/philosophy aimed at instilling a sense of civic responsibility.

Service Learning (SL) is distinguished by three things:

  • SL is curricular based, that is students get academic credit for participating in community based experiences;
  • SL places equal value on the service objectives defined by the community as it does on the learning objectives defined by the academy; and
  • The planning, preparation and implementation of the SL curriculum is done in a partnership that includes the academic faculty, the site based community staff, and the student.

Service learning assists students' development as medical professionals through experiential learning that stimulates critical thinking, problem analysis and cultural understanding. Student participation in service learning enhances competencies in community-based care and fosters a commitment to future civic involvement.

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is, by design, engaged in community-based, multiprofessional clinical education. The service learning elective requirement, introduced in 2008 for first and second  year students, is primarily an enhancement of the existing curriculum.

Students can complete service learning through faculty directed or student initiated electives, either domestically or abroad.

The following links provide information about Service Learning elective requirements and forms:

Student SL Required Forms

Forms required for service learning student initiated electives (SL SIEs) and information about SL SIEs and faculty directed service learning electives can be found on the Electives web page.

Last edited on 08/14/2017.