Organizer: Cathrine Reck (Indiana University, USA)
Presider: Cathrine Reck (Indiana University, USA)
Service-learning courses help students use what they learn to solve real-life problems. Not only do they learn the practical applications of their studies, they become actively contributing citizens. Service-learning can involve a group of students, a classroom or an entire school and can be applied in a wide variety of settings, including schools, universities, and community-based organizations. Benefits include addressing complex problems in complex settings rather than simplified problems in isolation. Students build transferable skills such as teamwork, critical thinking and analytical skills, communication, and an ability to handle ambiguity and become more flexible. Service-learning is very likely to be personally meaningful to participants and to generate emotional consequences, to challenge values as well as ideas, and hence to support social, emotional and cognitive learning and development.