ERIC Number: ED362693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Pennsylvania Serve-America Grant: Implementation and Impact. Year 1.
Fertman, Carl I.; And Others
Under Subtitle B Part I, Serve-America, of the National and Community Service Act of 1990, $1.1 million was awarded to fund 44 school-based service-learning programs in Pennsylvania. A study collected data on program implementation and impact on students, Serve-America coordinators, and supervisors during visits to 43 sites and at meetings with site coordinators. Disseminator (schools and community-based organizations) and minigrant (service-learning) programs were funded. Five variables were evaluated as indicators of implementation: organizational commitment, integration, parental support, advisory councils, and materials. Ten percent of all programs benefited from all five variables being strong and reinforcing. More than 50 percent were implemented as planned. Generally, students expressed satisfaction, but their dissatisfactions included lack of support from school staff and other students, not enough time at sites, and insufficient clarity concerning the program and their roles. The program increased coordinators' personal satisfaction and excitement, but added stress and work. Service-learning had both a positive and negative impact on supervisors. Stressors were longevity and institutionalization of the programs, loss of funding, and involvement of all students. Challenges were identified, and recommendations were made to develop a vision statement and a work plan. Three elements of an evaluation system were already in place: empowered evaluation, tracking and monitoring, and mentoring/consultant infrastructure. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: PennSERVE: The Governor's Office of Citizen Service, Harrisburg, PA.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Service-Learning Resource and Evaluation Network, Pittsburgh.; Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.
Identifiers: National and Community Service Act 1990; Pennsylvania; Serve America