Below are several definitions to help you learn more about Service Learning:
Strengthening experiential Education Within Your Institutions by Jane Kendall et al. Raleigh, NC: NSIEE, 1986: Experiential Education refers to learning activities that engage the learner directly in the phenomena being studied.
National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993: Service-learning means a method under which students or participants learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community and is coordinated with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education or community service program, and with the community: helps foster civic responsibility; is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students or the educational components of the community service program in which the participants are enrolled; and included structured time for the students and participants to reflection the service experience.
Bringle & Hatcher, 1995: Service learning, a form of civic engagement, is defined as a credit-bearing educational experience that involves students participating in organized service activities that meet identified community needs, then reflecting on the service to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.
List serve unsigned: A central point must be that good service learning practice entails specifying clearly how a service component can achieve one or more course objectives. As you know, this turns out to be very difficult. But if the connection becomes clear in the teacher's mind, then service can been seen, like a test or term paper, as a central component for achieving course objectives.