The following principles serve as a guide for Reflection in Service-Learning:
- Reflection should be based upon Neumann’s identity as a Catholic university in the Franciscan tradition.
- Reflection should deepen as a student progresses through the Neumann experience
- Reflection should be diverse and creative in both the process employed with the students and the product created by the students (e.g. journals, film clips, music, making of films, making of art pieces)
- Reflection should be assessed based on the learning outcomes of the course.
The following suggestions are designed to connect reflection with Neumann’s identity. In all cases, reflection should be connected to the course.
- Selections from Catholic Social Teaching, the Mission and Core Values of the institution, or the Franciscan tradition can be streamlined to parallel the course focus.
- Reflection might be structured around themes (e.g. discipleship, environment, and peacemaking)
- Reflection could be based upon the lives of persons who model service.