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Service Learning

This guide provides a variety of Service Learning resources for faculty, staff, students, and community members.

About practice resources

This page provide selected resources for designing, implementing and assessing service learning.  The resources are grouped and organized in five sections:

  1. Research findings on what works for service learning
    This section includes findings on what works or not and how to successfully implement service learning: (a) a summary of necessary and effective elements, based on reported research findings; and (b) a few examples of systematic reviews from public and open access evidence-based resources and research publications.
  2. Database and tools for finding what works or not.
  3. Handbooks, manuals and toolkit, both from our library collection and from academic centers and organization with service learning programs. At the top are general and applicable to all service learning. Other groupings include specific discipline, community partnership, reflection and assessment.
  4. Conferences and events that provide a forum for sharing experience and resources, training, connecting and networking.
  5. Academic Service Learning Centers examples of types of service learning integration and training resources for faculty and students.
  6. Agencies and organizations that may fund, have programs or provide resources to support service-learning and related programs. This listing is divided into governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

At the end of each section are tips for finding similar resources.  Additional resources may be searched through Library Search or in databases listed on the Research/Publishing page.

Effective Service Learning

Elements of Effective Service Learning

"Research on service-learning has found that effects are strongest for students when program designs follow recommended elements and standards, to include the following:

  • A strong link between the students’ service and the curriculum they are studying.
  • Systematic reflection in which students analyze the impact of their service, the academics, the social issue, etc.
  • Engagement in service that is meaningful to the students and the community. •
  • Student voice in organizing and implementing service-learning experiences.
  • Adequate student preparation to engage in community-based service activities; and •
  • Sufficient duration of service experiences."

Systematic Review and Other Evidence-Based Findings

What Works? Search Tools

Handbooks and Manuals

Student Preparation, Engagement, and Reflection

Social Work

Nursing and Health

Community Partnership

Academic Centers for Service Learning

This is a sample list of academic centers outside of Temple University with tips for finding other centers. For Temple University centers, course and projects, open the Service Learning at Temple page.

In addition to these, the university centers listed within "University Support for Service Learning" or in the rankings below may have guides and tips.

Organizations and Networks


Non-Government Organizations

Philadelphia and Local Organizations

Events and Training

For details, dates, registration and other events, visit the organization's events calendar.