Service-Learning In A Global Studies Course At A Japanese University
This paper describes the evaluation of service learning that was implemented as one component of a global studies course at a Japanese university. University educators who are teaching content that is far-removed from their students’ lives often struggle to engage their students in the classroom. Although programs like study abroad and internships offer rewarding experiences for students outside the classroom, they are not usually well-linked to course content at the students’ home institution. Service-learning is a pedagogical approach that combines classroom study with community service projects. The benefits of service-learning on various student outcomes are reviewed and service learning at one institution in Japan is evaluated using established criteria. Suggestions for educators planning to start or develop their own service-learning programs are given.
Keywords - Service-learning, language education, global studies, program evaluation, English as a foreign language.