Stanislaus State - Service LearningStanislaus State - Service Learning
Goals The primary goal of the Office of Service Learning at California State University, Stanislaus is to enhance student learning through service learning projects. Specifically, the Office of Service Learning has the following program goals: To enh... Read more
Goals The primary goal of the Office of Service Learning at California State University, Stanislaus is to enhance student learning through service learning projects. Specifically, the Office of Service Learning has the following program goals: To enhance our students' subject matter learning in applying classroom knowledge to practical experience. To model for our students how a critical and democratic teacher can act to bring civic engagement into the classroom. To develop our students' commitment to service, social justice, and community involvement. To enable our students to work productively with diverse communities. To assist faculty and students to comply with risk management policy designated for relevant service learning and internship off-campus activities.
What is Service Learning?
Service learning is an innovative pedagogy (educational approach) that empowers students to learn through active participation in meaningful and planned community service experiences that are directly related to course content. Through reflective activities, students enhance their understanding of course content, sense of social responsibility, general knowledge, self-awareness, and commitment to the community.
[Service learning as pedagogy] decenters the authority of knowledge in the classroom and intentionally places community in the center of the learning process.
John Saltmarsh and Kerri Heffernan, Integrating Service with Academic Study, Campus Compact
At the core of service-learning is the principle that community service can be connected to classroom learning in such a way that service is more informed by theoretical and conceptual understanding and learning is more informed by the realities of the world.
Joint Educational Project, University of Southern California