Finding your Place in the World of Service Learning. Is the Journey Worth the Effort?

By Adriaanna Pearce.

Published by The Learner Collection

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There is a need for institutions to realise that Service Learning is becoming necessary because of the reality that education is becoming more isolated from real life. Past Service Learning research shows that involvement in Service Learning has personal and academic benefits. It is because of this reality and the passing of a law (The White Paper) that encouraged Higher Institutions in South Africa to be involved with community projects, that we initiated a Service Learning Pilot project. This journey (the actual pilot of a Service Learning programme) reflects on the problems that were encountered, the experiences of the students and volunteers as well as the mistakes that were made with regards to the timing of the project, the setting of outcomes and the selection of community partners. The reflections clearly show that you need more than enthusiasm and passion for Service Learning to succeed. You need willing institutions that will prioritise Service Learning by offering support in the form of training and resources.

Keywords: Service Learning, Reflection, Experiences, Community Partner, Journey

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 10, pp.115-122. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 487.140KB).

Adriaanna Pearce

Lecturer, Monash South Africa, Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa

Adriaanna has been in education since 1992. She started her teaching career at a school which was followed by 12 years of College teaching in Business English and Communication. She has also been involved in developing learning material for a private training company. She completed her BEd in 1996 through Unisa and has been at Monash South Africa since February 2005 teaching Academic English to the foundation level. In 2006 she volunteered to be part of the SL pilot programme.

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