Exploring Service-Learning with Dance Students
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In 2010, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) published The Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report, which recommended using high-impact educational practices and assessing their potential impact on student success to demonstrate the value of libraries. High-impact educational practices, which include practices such as diversity/global learning, undergraduate research, and writing-intensive courses, are those shown in research to significantly affect student engagement and retention (Kuh, 2008). However, engaging in such practices can be challenging, especially given decreasing funding in higher education and libraries in particular. Many of these practices require sustained resources and support for success. In order to maximize resources, it is important for libraries to support programs that demonstrate their value but are also sustainable. It can be particularly difficult for libraries to demonstrate the value of involvement in co-curricular learning experiences because they occur outside of the formal classroom environment. However, co-curricular activities enrich students’ learning experience by providing a complementary and supplementary educational environment. This chapter describes some strategies libraries can use to support and assess student success via the high-impact practice of service-learning in a co-curricular setting.
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