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What is Service Learning?


Service Learning (SL) is an educational proposal that combines learning processes and community service in a single project, in which the participants learn while working on real needs and trying to improve their environment (Puig & Palos, 2006).
It is a complex activity that links community service to the learning of content, competencies, skills and values through reflexive practice.

Framework document

Framework document on Service Learning, passed by the Governing Council on 23 February 2012.

You can check it here

On 26 February 2015, Governing Council approved the Action Plan for the period 2015-2017.

Service Learning Network

The teaching network was set up in the framework of the Institute of Education Sciences' 2010-2011 call for grants for teaching innovation.

The interdisciplinary nature of the work group, the previous experience of the members in SL and, in many cases, also their experience in holding managerial positions within the university, is one of the strong points of the process that the URV has followed to institutionalize SL. The aims of the SL Network are the following:

  • To promote SL and community-based research as a learning strategy that is socially committed to the region and to the international community.
  • To publicize and consolidate the projects that are underway at the URV.
  • To reinforce the existing collaborations between lectures from different study programmes and create new ones.
  • To propose how SL should be regulated, recognized and promoted, on the basis of international experiences in the institutionalization of SL programmes.
  • To ensure that all the projects that are being carried out and the results obtained are given widespread coverage.

The current members of the Service Learning Network can be found in the section Who are we?