Faculty participation is critical to creating a culture of service and community-based experiential learning at Earlham. Community-engaged learning refers to a learning experience in which students acquire and apply knowledge and skills while addressing a community need. Faculty, students and community partners form collaborative and reciprocal relationships from which all benefit and learn while impacting issues and contributing to community well-being.
Community-engaged learning can take the form of volunteer service related to course content accompanied by classroom activities, readings, other assignments, and reflection. Community-based research is another form of community-engaged learning where individual students, small groups, or an entire class conducts research on questions of interest to community partners and presents the findings publicly or to community partners. Community-engaged learning could be the main project around which an entire course is focused, a relatively small assignment, or an option that some students choose for an assignment while others pursue a more traditional research project.
There is a growing body of literature on forms of community-engaged and experiential learning, such as community-based research, service learning and community-based learning. This bibliography lists some of the resources available through Earlham’s libraries.