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Reflection & Evaluation

Reflection & Evaluation Preparation

Ways to help your students prepare for the Reflection element of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement:
Design reflective activities that help students prepare for the service experience. Thus reflective activities could be designed to:

  • Help students acquire the disciplinary knowledge required for service activities
  • Provide opportunities to practice application of disciplinary knowledge
  • Help students develop the problem solving skills required to address community concerns
  • Help students develop an understanding of community and organizations needs
  • Reflection activities should involve individual learners and address interactions with peers, community members and staff of the agency receiving service.
  • Reflection activities can involve reading, writing, doing, and storytelling.
  • Students should receive journals for writing daily. Reflections should be a mirror of ones inner most feelings about a project.
  • Students should have the opportunity to talk in general about the experiences as to capture their true feelings at the time.


The fourth element of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement is the Evaluation. Even though most assessment activities are quantifiable through surveys, qualitative instruments can be used as an observer-participant, to record behavioral changes during student presentations and student-led group discussions. The following assessments instruments are available through the SLCE office:

  • A pre-test survey
  • A post-test survey
  • An online pre-post test survey for the U.S. Constitutional Day co-curricular activities on Blackboard.
  • A rubric is being developed though the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, as a part of the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan