Teaching Handbook

Civic Engagement and Service Learning

Civic Engagement & Service Learning

Strategies for incorporating both theory and community-based civic engagement into courses.

The California State University Chancellor's Office defines civic engagement as "mutually beneficial exchage of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."

Relevant Books

Resources at WWU

Designing Service Learning

Syllabi and Curricular Examples

  • Campus Compact - Searchable database of syllabi by discipline with examples of lesson plans and syllabi that integrate community-based learning
  • Teaching the Levees: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Community Problem Solving - Teaching Tolerance, Columbia University Teacher's College. Instructional resource supporting democratic dialogue and civic engagement about the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Provides opportunities for interdisciplinary instruction for community problem solving.

Discipline-Specific Resources

  • The SENCER Model Series - Science Eduation for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities. This series provides curricular approaches to improving science learning and supporting student engagement with complex issues.
  • 101 Ideas for Combining Service and Learning - Ideas for integrating service learning listed by discipline.
  • Social Justice Math - Resource for educators interested in integrating issues of social and economic justice into math classes and curriculum.

Assessing Service Learning

Articles on the Nature and Purpose of Civic Engagement & Service Learning in Education

See also the curricular examples from the Innovative Teaching Showcase, Center for Instructional Innovation, WWU:

Mentioned relevant books may be available through the CIIA's Lending Library or Wilson Library.