Civic Engagement & Service Learning
Community service and volunteer work can be integrated with undergraduate psychology coursework to serve the community and to deepen students' learning.
Psychologists support civic engagement which can take many forms - from individual voluntarism to organizational involvement.
Service learning is more than students working in the community. It is integrating course objectives with service-oriented work in the community.
Ways to Get Involved
- Research: Information for the research-minded colleague who may be interested in a quick overview of where we are in the field today concerning the effectiveness of service learning approaches.
- Partnerships: A description of the work of the P3 (Psychology Partnerships Project) Service-Learning Group, including case examples of service learning and civic engagement involving partnering in the local community.
- Resources: A sampling of materials relevant to working with service learning and civic engagement.
- How Do You Create Socially Responsive Knowledge?: Ways of rethinking scholarship and engagement, and how we might prepare the next generation of psychologists to become engaged scholars.
Service Learning in Undergraduate Programs
- Campus Compact: National coalition of college and university presidents dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement and service learning for undergraduates.