Service learning focuses on cooperative experiences rather than competitive ones, thereby promoting skills associated with teamwork and community involvement.
At DPS Gurugram high-quality service-learning is a part of the school culture, where children are given opportunities and experiences to enable them to make a difference in their community while gaining a sense of self-efficacy along with increasing their classroom learning. Students are able to look at the academic curriculum in the context of a real-world service experience.
Service learning offers children opportunities to engage themselves in problem-solving by gaining knowledge with respect to their service-learning activity and community challenges, rather than by only having to draw upon generalized or abstract knowledge that might come from just a textbook. As a result, service-learning provides excellent opportunities for acquiring important traits such as critical thinking; i.e. the ability to identify the most relevant questions or issues within a real-world situation.
The main objective of conducting a field trip for students is to reinforce experiential and contextual learning.
Field trips are a way to enhance whatever the students are learning in class by making real world connections. Depending on the trip itself, students have the opportunity to observe a particular environment that gives them first-hand experience of what they have learnt. In addition, students achieve a higher level of critical thinking when they evaluate their own learning compared with what they are exposed to, and they are able to modify their knowledge based on their personal experiences.
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