Students interested in participating in service-learning can learn more through past Service-Learning Excellence Program sponsored faculty fellow programs (more info within the Faculty and Intergenerational pages), as well as related outside resources, educational training toolkits and guides listed at the bottom of this page.
The integration of academics with service will increase student retention, interest, and involvement; give graduating students a competitive edge in applying for jobs or pursuing further education; and, increase participation in alumni associations. Service-learning also promotes positive youth development through good educational practice and preparation for life beyond the classroom. (Thomsen, 2004). Students also reflect on service-learning experiences to enhance and enrich the learning process.
Through academic course credit, service-learning through the SLI at Texas State will provide students:
►Increased knowledge in the discipline (Astin and Sax, 1997)
► Better performance on course concepts (Osborne, Hammerich, and Henley, 1998)
► Increased pro-social decision making (Barber, Higgins, Smith and Ballou, 1997)
►Increased ability to apply course material to new settings (Eyler and Giles, 1999)
The following toolkits are good supplements for students working with older adults as participants of an intergenerational program. The toolkits give tips on how to effectively communicate and work with elderly people.