Reflection is integral to the service-learning experience in the following ways:
Reflection transforms experience into genuine learning about individual values and goals and about larger social issues.
Reflection challenges students to connect service activities to course objectives and to develop higher-level thinking and problem solving.
Reflection works against the perpetuation of stereotypes by raising students' awareness of the social structures surrounding service environments.
By fostering a sense of connection to the community and a deeper awareness of community needs, reflection increases the likelihood that students will remain committed to service beyond the term of the course.