Possible Texts for Service Learning Courses

Service-Learning at Chabot College
Service-Learning means a method under which students learn
and develop through thoughtfully organized service that:
(1) is conducted in and meets the needs of a community, and is coordinated with an
institution of higher education and the community
(2) helps foster civic responsibility
(3) is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students enrolled
(4) includes structured time for students to reflect on the service experience.1
Benefits of Service-Learning:
Improves student academic performance and retention, particularly for at-risk
Empowers students as active citizens with a sense that they can make a difference
Helps students arrive at a deeper understanding of academic texts and ideas as they
are applied in the “real world” outside the classroom
Provides a creative problem solving/learning environment that accommodates
different learning styles
Connects students to the community and helps them understand the contributions
of local organizations
Allows exploration of internship and career options, and teaches workforce skills
Increases campus-community collaboration and partnerships, and college
involvement in the community
Encourages faculty to be innovative and creative in their teaching
Fosters cohesiveness among a diverse college community
American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) Series on Service-Learning in the Disciplines