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What Is Theory-Practice/Service Learning?

Theory Practice/Service Learning (TPSL) courses were first introduced to Oxford in 1996 as a way of integrating the theory of the classroom with actual experience in the local community. Students in TPSL courses are actively practicing what they are learning in the classroom and forging a service partnership with Newton County.

In these roles, students are serving as tutors, mentors, counselors, and advocates for children and adults at community agencies, child care centers, and schools. A TPSL course can deepen one's understanding of the subject studied and develop an ability to reflect on, "practice," and apply to a real-life situation what is learned in the classroom

TPSL courses are like a pair of 3-D glasses. The concepts, theories, and terms that we are constantly drilled on in class come to life at our placements. I feel as if I step into my book and I can observe the ideas and concepts that were so 2-dimensional before. It has been a wonderful experience! - Khatdija Meghjani

Through theory practice-service learning I've found that so many portions of my life that I initially considered to be choice were instead a reflection of my socialization as a female: my preference for reading over math, my love of cooking over sports and the list goes on. There is no interaction that seems to be void of gender influence. -Sirah Ndolo

This TPSL project helped me to identify with and further understand the characters of the Aeneid and other historical figures. Learning about war directly from those who were there on the battlefield made the concept of war more personal and relatable to me, and also made me gain respect for those who risk their lives out of duty. -Mary Claire Kelly

Theories are learned in the classroom but more learning happens in the real world. - Dhondup Tso King

TPSL Overview Presentation


Questions? Contact the course instructor or the TPSL Coordinators: Dr. Patti Owen-Smith ( and Ms. Rhiannon Hubert (