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Service-Learning in Undergraduate Education: Where Is It Going?Author: Tom Ehrlich, Senior ScholarThe Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of TeachingJuly 2005Abstract:A long time advocate for service-learning continues his call for institutionalresponsibility while taking a look at the progress made.Essay:A decade ago, I was teaching service-learning courses at San Francisco State, includingone on ethics and professions, which examined ethical issues in law, medicine,journalism, and business. In addition to their class work, students worked in non-profitorganizations that provided professional services to people in need in the community.The course grappled with questions like "When and under what circumstances is itappropriate for a professional to lie or withhold the truth on behalf of clients, patients,news sources, or customers?" and wrote research papers linking their service withreadings and class discussions. Students working in legal services offices, health clinics,and other agencies saw first-hand the ethical pressures on professionals as they wrestledwith competing values and demands.Service-learning is now a major national movement at every educational level, and is aparticularly powerful force in undergraduate education. Connecting academic study withcommunity service through structured reflection is widely recognized as contributing tolearning that is deeper, longer-lasting, and more portable to new situations andcircumstances. Campus Compact recently reported a three-fold increase in just four yearsin the number of full-time faculty teaching service-learning courses, from 14 per campusin 2000 to 40 per campus in 2004.

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Araceli Rodriguez
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