Dallas College Service Learning program can provide students the opportunity of earning classroom credit by engaging in a timely and organized way with local nonprofits to offer high quality community service.
The Service Learning program offers a variety of ways in which students can participate in social, environmental, humanitarian, and other causes, while tying those valuable efforts into classroom learning and curricula. It enhances student learning by connecting academic content with hands-on experiences, developing leadership skills, and learning from community-based professionals.
Developing the 21st Century Skills (4 C’s)
Service Learning develops the 21st century skills (4 C’s) that employers are looking for in college graduates:
- Critical Thinking
Studies have shown a positive impact of Service Learning on student academic learning as measured by course grades or grade point average.
Service Learning History
The American Association of Community Colleges offers a concise definition: “Service Learning combines service with academic instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility.
Service Learning program involves students in activities that address community-identified needs while developing academic skills and commitment to their community.”
Service Learning is not volunteering, it is a reflective educational experience in which students earn academic credit by participating in meaningful activities.
Read more about the history
Activities and experiences are designed to connect students’ coursework to their roles as citizens.
- Service Learning was coined in the 1970s, but it has roots dating back to the 1900s when educator Arthur Dunn incorporated service in the community as part of his social studies curriculum. (Los Angeles County Office of Education | Linking Service Learning and The California Standards (page 8) PDF - 165 KB | ERIC ED448090: Arthur Dunn: Civic Visionary from the Heartland)
- John Dew and Williams James were the first to develop service-based learning in an educational setting by combining experiential learning and service to the community. As the benefits of service were acknowledged, several associations were established that focused on service in the community.
- Campus Compact was founded in 1985 to develop Service Learning in colleges and universities nationwide. In 1990, the U.S. Congress passed the National and Community Service Act to enhance national and community service. (Bright Impact)