International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Undergraduate and Graduate Level Perspectives: A Pedagogical Examination of the Meeting of Service-learning and Instructional Engagement in Communication Disciplines
Monica G. Flippin-Wynn, Kashelia J. Harrion, Preselfannie E. Whitfield McDaniels

Incorporating and advocating service-learning options in the classroom foster a deeper sense of civic participation among college students. Academia has an opportunity to bring more proactive and practical lessons in the classroom by continuing the tradition of bringing the ‘college into the classroom.’ This article reviews how service learning can be done effectively in the liberal arts communication classroom and how it can enhance classroom instruction, revitalize student comprehension, and provide strategic opportunities for civic participation and philanthropy within the community. Class service-learning projects are advantageous for the overall progress of students, because they help them to develop and master leadership, time management, research, planning, presentation, and technological skills that are integral for academic and professional advancement and success. Benefits such as these are what make service learning experiences successful and worthwhile.

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