ERIC Number: ED480576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Service Learning in the Rural Community College.
Service learning is a pedagogical model that connects community service experiences with academic course learning. Large urban centers are often the leaders in developing service learning programs, due to the central locations of both institutions of higher education and community needs. This paper argues that rural areas have the same problems and require the same services. The paper uses Kirtland Community College, Michigan, as a model for development of a rural service learning program. The author debunks a number of myths concerning the difficulties of developing and the need for service learning programs in rural colleges and universities. It is generally believed that small rural community colleges are unable to financially support and sustain a comprehensive service learning program. Yet, a small college might actually find there is less bureaucracy to deal with, there are fewer people to convince of the efficacy of the proposal, and it may be easier to get a larger proportion of students to participate. It may also be easier to develop community partnerships because the scope of the interagency cooperation will be smaller and easier to organize. Argues for measuring the success of a program by the proportion of student involvement, the value to the community, and the example the students, faculty, and college set for the community. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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