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Service Learning Assignments for any Discipline

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Background Sources for Service Learning and Information Literacy Classes

Barry, M. (2011). Research for the greater good: Incorporating service learning in an information literacy course at Wright State University. College & Research Libraries News, 72(6), 345-348.

Herther, N. K. (2008). Service learning and engagement in the academic library:  Operating out of the box.  College & Research Libraries News 69(7), 386-389.           

Meyer, N. J. & Miller,  I. R.  (2008). The Library as service-learning  partner: A win–win collaboration with students and faculty.  College & Undergraduate Libraries 15(4), 399-413.           

Riddle, J. S. (2003).  Where’s the library in service learning?: Models for engaged library instruction.  The Journal of academic librarianship 29(2), 71-81.


Sample Service Learning Assignments

Service Learning can provide students with an authentic and alturistic learning experience that will enrich them both personally and professionally, and have a positive impact on the community as well. The following are sample assignments that can be used in just about any discpline to integrate service learning into the curriclum.

Background Sources for Service Learning

Bringle, R. G., & Hatcher, J. A. (1995). A service-learning curriculum for faculty. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 2(1), 112-122. 

Easterling, D., & Rudell, F. (1997). Rationale, benefits, and methods of service-learning in marketing education. The Journal of Education for Business, 73(1), 58-61. 

Giles Jr, D. E., Stenson, C. M., Gray, C. J., & At, A. (2001). At a glance: What we know about the effects of service-learning on college students, faculty, institutions and communities, 1993-2000. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University.  

Herther, N. K. (2008). Service learning and engagement in the academic library Operating out of the box. College & Research Libraries News, 69(7), 386-389.  

Klink, R. R., & Athaide, G. A. (2004). Implementing service learning in the principles of marketing course. Journal of Marketing Education, 26(2), 145-153. 

McIntyre, F. S., Webb, D. J., & Hite, R. E. (2005). Service learning in the marketing curriculum: Faculty views and participation. Marketing Education Review, 15(1), 35-45. 

Metcalf, L. E. (2010). Creating international community service learning experiences in a capstone marketing-projects course. Journal of Marketing Education, 32(2), 155-171.  

Toncar, M. F., Reid, J. S., Burns, D. J., Anderson, C. E., & Nguyen, H. P. (2006). Uniform assessment of the benefits of service learning: The development, evaluation, and implementation of the SELEB scale. The Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, 14(3), 223-238.





  Understanding Service Learning: History, Pedagogy and Practice.