The General Process of Organizing and Implementing Extracurricular Service Learning in American Colleges and Universities

Zhizhong CHEN, Haiqing HU


In this paper, I focus on the general process of organizing and implementing extracurricular service learning in American colleges and universities in detail as follows: choose the achievable learning outcomes; consider what service experiences are most likely to enable participants to achieve the desired outcomes; choose the achievable learning outcomes; approach potential community partners; design the experience in detail; determine how you will prepare students for the experience; choose activities that are appropriate and meaningful for the participants; Integrate critical reflection throughout the experience; address logistical issues; develop a plan to measure achievement of students and community outcomes; seek closure, recognize and celebrate success. Clarifying the process of organizing and implementing extracurricular service learning in American higher education has certain reference significance for the operation of social practice in Chinese higher education.


American higher education; Extracurricular service learning; The process of organizing and implementing

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