Curricular Placement of Academic Service-Learning in Higher Education

Amy Phillips, Steven R. Bolduc, Michael Gallo


The higher education service-learning literature is rich with case studies, guidelines for service-learning course and program development, and demonstrations of the impact of service-learning on students. Minimal discussion, however, focuses on the strategic placement of service-learning in disciplinary curricula, and how curricular placement might support and enhance student learning and developmental outcomes. This study offers a summary of curricular placement themes from the service-learning literature and reviews findings from a survey of two national service-learning electronic mailing lists about intentional decision making related to departmental curricular placement of service-learning. Both the literature review and survey data support the need for a curricular placement research agenda, particularly tied to promotion of student learning and developmental outcomes.

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