Service-Learning for Students
10 Misconceptions about Service-Learning(S-L)
1. There is no difference between Service-Learning and community service.
Community service volunteers’ primary purpose is to meet the needs of others and to better the community as a whole. Service learners meet the needs of their communities while increasing their academic achievement. According to the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, “the most important feature of effective service-learning programs is that students engage equally with learning and service and reflect on their intersections”.
2. I can use my community service hours accumulated previously to count for a Service-Learning class I am presently taking.
Not true. There is a big difference between community service and Service-Learning (See answer to question 1). In addition, your instructors/professors will typically create their syllabi around the service project they intend to incorporate in the course. For these reasons, it is important that all service learners utilize the service project designed specifically for your course in order to get the most out of the class.
(Special consideration is given only at the request of the professor/instructor).
3. S-L is only for students that are interested in going into Social Services.
Definitely not! There are several great Service-Learning opportunities for ALL students regardless of major or career path. According to findings presented by The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, Service-Learning has proven to contribute to career development, improved academic learning and understanding of self as well as connectedness with the University (Eyler et al, 2001).
4. My FRSM class counts toward my accumulated community service hours.
Your FRSM course is not attached in any way to outside community service hours. So when visiting our office and you request your accumulated community service hours, your FRSM class hours will not be included.
5. S-L projects do not have to be connected to the community in order for it to be approved.
False, in order for it to be true S-L you must connect with the community in some way for your project. The great thing is that Ms. Kendra Warren (in our office) will assist your instructors (and at times students) in finding the best community site for your class so that you don’t have to do the leg work.
6. I can bypass service in my freshman year of college if I want to..
All newly admitted freshman students to Xavier must complete the FRSM course. The FRSM course has a built in Service-Learning component. So all students enrolled in this course will have the opportunity to provide service to our community; which is great, because Xavierites are all about service!
7. I have to find my own transportation to the community site.
No you don’t. The Center for Student Leadership & Service coordinates transportation for all Service-Learning classes. We only ask that you be responsible and committed to show up when you said you would for transportation or provide communication far in advance if you will not be able to make it. Remember the community is counting on you!
8. As long as I do some type of service, it will fulfill the requirement for my course.
Not necessarily. It is at the discretion of the instructor what he/she will accept for his/her course. Typically all classes with a Service-Learning component included will have their service project for students during a time designated by the instructor.
9. I must complete S-L to graduate from Xavier.
Something like that…See answer to question 6.
10. It is not as heavily weighted as my other classes.
Your Service-Learning classes should be taken just as serious as you would a more traditional course. S-L courses have the same weight attached to them as any other course. Review your course catalog for further details.