Learning by doing: Implementing community service-based learning

Jeff R. Crump

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Community-based Learning (CSBL) is based on the idea that learning is facilitated when the classroom is linked with real-world experience. This paper presents an overview of the pedagogical basis of community service-based learning (CSBL) and compares CSBL projects carried out in two very different settings. The findings indicate that in order to implement CSBL successfully, instructors need to plan ahead, develop partnerships with community organizations, and allow community groups to guide student projects. It is also important to recognize that the full benefits of CSBL are only gained when students, community members, and instructors spend time reflecting on the CSBL experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-152
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Geography
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002


  • Community development
  • Community-based learning
  • Service-based learning


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