Holistic Student Development through Service Learning: An Experimental Study about Loyola College, Chennai, Tamil NaduAuthor : S. John Kaviarasu, J. Antony Anabarasan and J. Jai Dinesh
Volume 8 No.1 January-March 2019 pp 16-19
Service Learning enhances and intensifies classroom learning which paves the way for practical community-based problem solving skills to students. The context of Service Learning at Loyola College, Chennai offers students an opportunity to explore the connections between the theoretical realm of the classroom and the practical needs of the community. In this connection, School of Service Learning at Loyola College is making the students to reflect about the experience in order to maximize the benefit of service in learning experiences. Therefore, this is an important process that links Service and academic learning. At the next level, it really motivates students to be human and also humane. Exposure to urban poor in the informal settlements of Chennai city makes undergraduate students of Loyola College to become aware about the issues faced by urban poor. Post graduate courses students gain exposure on rural interior villages which makes PG students to realize stark naked realities of the rural folk. Cognitive development is assured through formal Learning and teaching in the classroom by their respective teachers. Theoretical and Conceptual teaching could not provide holistic knowledge to students. This requirement is beautifully addressed by the School of Service Learning through its various activities and programmes with the constant guidance of professional social workers and Management.
Holistic Development, Cognitive Development, Formal Learning, Service Learning, Humane, Informal Settlements, Urban Poor, Rural Folk, Intellectual Development
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