ERIC Number: ED348622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Service Learning: Meeting the Needs of Youth At Risk. A Dropout Prevention Research Report.
Duckenfield, Marty; Swanson, Lorilei
Service learning has been found to be a potentially powerful dropout prevention tool. Service learning combines community service with learning activities. Participating students must be engaged in significant, well-planned, and genuine service. Second, they must reflect on their experiences of serving others to ensure a complete learning experience. These requirements are vital to a successful service learning experience. Many favorable outcomes occur in each of the following developmental areas through participation in service learning activities: personal growth; social growth; intellectual growth; citizenship; and preparation for the world of work. Service learning can be integrated into the organizational structure of a school through four progressively complex levels of implementation: extracurricular; curricular unit; mandatory or elective courses; and school-wide integration. Essential components of service learning include preparation, action, and reflection. The service learning continuum can be implemented at all grade levels. Research has shown that the integration of service learning into the school curriculum is an extremely effective strategy in meeting the many developmental needs of all students. Service learning is a teaching methodology that revitalizes the classroom and provides the kind of learning and experiences students need to lead a successful life. (ABL)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Dropout Prevention, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Content, Program Effectiveness, Service Learning, Teaching Methods
Publications Department, The National Dropout Prevention Center, 205 Martin St., Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-5111.
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson, SC.