ERIC Number: ED452890
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Community College Conscience: Service-Learning and Training Tomorrow's Teachers. Issue Paper.
Franco, Robert W.
This issue paper discusses service learning in the community college and lists three major cultural values that, in the past, shaped college missions: (1) civic participation--preparing students for effective participation in community life; (2) extending educational opportunity--offering all Americans a low-cost education near their homes; and (3) diversity--cutting across ethnic lines, socioeconomic classes, educational interests, geographical boundaries, and generations. Service learning--a recent teaching and learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility--combines these traditional values and revives colleges' original missions. Well structured service learning partnerships are vital to the community college's values and beliefs--its "conscience"-- in many ways: (1) they allow students to be viewed as valuable resources and to create democratic and equitable schools; (2) they train tomorrow's teachers to value democracy and civil diversity; and (3) they transform students into citizens. Kapiolani Community College (Hawaii) is presented as an example of a college that integrates service learning into its curricula. Since 1995, more than 3,000 Kapiolani students have served at more than 70 community-based organizations and schools. (CJW)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Community Colleges, Diversity (Student), Institutional Mission, Service Learning, Social Values, Student Development, Student Participation, Teaching Methods, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Corporation for National Service, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO. Center for Community College Policy.
Note: Part of the Compact for Learning and Citizenship project.