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Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research

How can the Center help you?

The Center is here to help you to further understand service learning and community-based undergraduate research and incorporate it into your curriculum. We are a group of faculty and staff who work together to help one another expand and enrich student learning experiences. 

We offer you our library of print and web resources including those listed on the Bibliography page as well as specific articles and examples of syllabi for many disciplines which we will continue to expand.

The Center includes faculty from disciplines including economics, global studies, health and human sexuality, math, education, and communication arts and sciences.

Examples of widely publicized benefits of service learning and community-based undergraduate research for faculty include

  • motivating students to participate actively in the work of the course;
  • providing opportunities to apply classroom concepts and information to real situations;
  • transforming student research assignments into concrete learning experiences;
  • giving students the chance to make a difference with their own work by sharing their knowledge, research and conclusions with community organizations working on real problems;
  • enlivening the exchange of ideas and experiences in class;
  • learning from your students as they share their projects with you and their classmates; and
  • connecting your own research interests and expanding your knowledge of and contacts with the community in which many of us live.

The Center personnel will assist you with the logistical planning and execution of your project. We try to match interested faculty with community organizations' needs.

We encourage all faculty to join us.

 

For more information, e-mail Dr. Laurie Grobman (leg8@psu.edu) or call 610-396-6141.