Principles in Good Practice Combining Service and Learning

The principles that follow are a statement of what we believe are essential components of good practice that should guide all Service Learning programs.

1. An effective program engages people in responsible, meaningful and challenging actions for the common good.

2. An effective program provides structured opportunities for people to reflect critically on their service experience.

3. An effective program articulates clear service and learning goals for everyone involved. From the outset of the project, participants and service recipients alike must have a clear sense of (1) what is to be accomplished and (2) what is to be learned.

4. An effective program allows for those with needs to define those needs.

5. An effective program clarifies the responsibilities of each person and organization involved.

6. An effective program matches service providers and service needs through a process that recognizes changing circumstances.

7. An effective program expects genuine, active, and sustained organizational commitment.

8. An effective program includes training, supervision, monitoring, support, recognition, and evaluation to meet service and learning goals.

9. An effective program insures that the time commitment for service and learning is flexible, appropriate, and in the best interest of all involved.

10. An effective program is committed to program participation by and with diverse populations

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