Service Learning in brief
"A good college affirms that service to others is a central part of education"
- Carnegie Foundation "The College Undergraduate Experience in America"
"Service, combined with learning, adds value to each and transforms both. Those who serve and those who are served are thus able to develop the informed judgment, imagination, and skills that lead to a greater capacity to contribute to the common good."
- Preamble to the Wingspread Special Report
What is Service Learning?
Service-Learning is a teaching/learning method which is rapidly gaining popularity in colleges across the country. When you enroll in a Service-Learning course at TCC, it means the professor has agreed to include a service option or requirement in the course. You will perform community service and then relate that service to the course material in a written report, presentation, or other method of reflection of the instructor's choosing. The amount of time required for this option is entirely up to the professor and, therefore, will vary from course to course.
Service Learning combines community service with academic instruction. Service learning is a method of experiential education which combines practical experience in the community with the academic theory of the classroom. Students develop intellectual, personal, career, and civic skills and assume a more active role in their education. Service learning at TCC addresses needs in the Tulsa community while helping students meet academic, social and civic learning goals.
Students are confronted with real life experiences that enable them to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Coursework from textbooks, lectures, discussions and reflection provide an academic foundation to their service.
Benefits to Students
- Makes curriculum relevant to life
- Clarifies values
- Promotes community and civic responsibility
- Encourages multicultural awareness
- Develops critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Fosters social and personal development
- Job contacts
- Broadens horizons
- Active, relevant learning
- Improved career selection choices for students
Benefits to Faculty
- Enhances learning of existing course competencies
- Improves motivation for instruction
- Improves satisfaction and retention
- Helps build classroom community
- Establishes relationships with people in the community
- Brings theory to life through practical experience
- Fulfills the civic responsibility general education goal
Benefits to Community
- Provides meaningful services
- Creates opportunities for organizations to participate in student learning
- Builds community awareness of TCC programs and services
- Increases human resources for services and outreach