Real-World Learning

Service Learning: Taking Students Into the Real World

Real-world or service-learning courses may take students directly into the real world, to explore course topics hands-on. Dozens of service learning initiatives that extend the relevance of subject beyond the classroom are underway in all schools at Stanford.  Here are just three examples:

EDUC 171: Early Childhood Education Practicum. A year-long seminar; restricted to students who participate in JumpStart, a service learning program. Training for activities in preschool classrooms. Background on issues related to: young children's cognitive, language. and social development; classroom management; literacy; math; science teaching; cultural diversity; and early childhood education programs.

AMSTUD 146: Asian American Culture and Community. An examination of the history, art and culture of Vietnamese Americans, and their contemporary experiences in the South Bay. The course will combine in-class learning with a major conference featuring prominent artists and scholars on the Vietnamese Diasporic community. A service learning component requires community work at a service organization in San Jose.

EARTHSYS 127: GIS for Good: Applications of GIS for International Development and Humanitarian Assistance. Exposes students to geographic information systems (GIS) as a tool for exploring alternative solutions to complex humanitarian and environmental issues in the international arena. The project-based, interdisciplinary structure of the class gives primary emphasis to the use of GIS for field data collection, mapping, analysis, and visualization and allows for multi-criteria assessment of community development. Students in the class partner with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. 

See Also

Learn more about our Community Engaged Learning team's support for faculty and students engaged in real-world learning

Center for Social Innovation in the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Classroom and Service Learning in the Stanford School of Medicine

The Haas Center for Public Service

Story on a graduate service-learning course in Sierra Leone from the Freeman Spogli Institute