Small, private higher educational institutions have played a significant role in American society. Historically, these institutions have emphasized the role of teaching and service. With this in mind, this article reports on the effects of service-learning embedded in an existing course at an institution with an extensive co-curricular service-learning program. This research reveals the results of a creative partnership between Student Development leadership and faculty to investigate the effects of service-learning on students when embedded in an existing class. Using in-depth interviews, the researchers seek to discover the student experience of making a co-curricular program curricular. Results indicate students showed an increase in leadership capacity and professional affinity. This study indicates there is promise to embedding service-learning projects in existing course work. While this endeavor creates additional work for Student Development professionals and faculty, the additional work appears to enrich the student experience.
Kuhn, Bill; Moats, Scott; and Zapf, James
"Christian Service: Learning to Serve and Serving to Learn,"
Growth: The Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development: Vol. 16
, Article 5.
Available at: https://pillars.taylor.edu/acsd_growth/vol16/iss16/5