The goals of service learning in the Contra Costa Community College District (4CD) are consistent with the goals of the college: to increase the knowledge, to improve the skills, to enhance the lives of students and the greater community, and to foster participation in democratic institutions. Service learning is the linking of community service experiences with classroom studies in an effort to enhance learning while contributing to the over-all vitality of the community. The guidelines contained in this handbook are designed to assist faculty who are interested in incorporating service learning into their teaching.
Definitions of Service Learning
“Any carefully monitored service experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he or she is learning throughout the experience” (National Society for Experiential Education, 1994).
“A method under which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs, that [are] integrated into the students’ academic curriculum or provide structured time for [reflection, and] that enhance what is taught in school by extending student learning beyond the classroom and into the community…” (Corporation for National Service, 1990).
“The union of public and community service with structured and intentional learning” (Howard Berry, 1988).