This paper discusses the use of service‐learning in accounting curriculums as a tool for enhancing learning and student performance in the classroom by addressing the call for accounting education to move beyond “number crunching” to critical analysis and problem solving. First, the paper reviews the educational research supporting the enhanced learning that takes place with service‐learning. Next, the link between service‐learning outcomes and accounting education objectives is discussed. Additionally, specific examples of service‐learning projects successfully implemented in auditing (with evidence of improved performance) and governmental/nonprofit accounting courses are presented. The projects themselves, as well as the administrative tasks required to implement them, are discussed in detail. The concepts presented can be applied to other accounting and/or business classes.

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