1. What is structured reflection?
Effective service-learning programs provide opportunities for people to reflect critically on their service experience. Service-learning projects can be used to reinforce course content and to develop a variety of competencies including critical thinking, communication skills, leadership, a sense of civic responsibility and multicultural understanding. Structured reflection can help students make meaningful connections between their service experience and course content, and in the process develop various skills.
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 skills and values, and (4) assisting students in finding personal relevance in the work.