Incorporating Reflection into a Community-Engaged Course

What is reflection?

“The term structured reflection is used to refer to a thoughtfully constructed process that challenges and guides students in (1) examining critical issues related to their service-learning project, (2) connecting the service experience to coursework, (3) enhancing the development of civic values and skills, (4) assisting students in finding personal relevance in the work.” (Definition from “Using Structured Reflection to Enhance Learning from Service”; Campus Compact).

Reflection activities provide a method or methods for students to process what they learned through the service experience and how those experiences relate to academic course content. They also provide the time and opportunity for students and community partners to grow and evolve as a result of their experiences in the service-learning course. 

Resources on reflection