ERIC Number: ED408505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Report of a National Study Comparing the Impacts of Service-Learning Program Characteristics on Post Secondary Students.
Eyler, Janet; And Others
The Comparing Models of Service-Learning project surveyed the impact of service-learning programs on students' citizenship values, skills, attitudes, and understanding nationwide. Data were obtained from 1,136 pre- and post-surveys of students who participated in service learning and 408 of their classmates who did not select service-learning options at 30 colleges and universities, as well as interviews with 65 students from 6 colleges at the start and end of the spring term. Findings indicated students who chose to participate in service-learning experiences and those who did not differed significantly on the pretest measure of virtually every outcome. Students who chose these activities were already much higher on each measure and the differences were sometimes substantial. Given these differences, colleges that hope that community service will add to the educational value of their programs may want to consider integrating these opportunities into their core curriculum. Service-learning programs appeared to have an impact on students' attitudes, values, skills, and perceptions even over the relatively brief period of a semester. The quality of the placement and its connection to the subject matter of the course had an impact on students' perceptions of what they get out of the program, on their relationships with faculty and other students, and on changes in their attitudes, skills, values, and conceptions of community issues. (Seven data tables are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Education, Citizenship Education, Comparative Analysis, Educational Benefits, Educational Research, Higher Education, National Surveys, Pretests Posttests, Public Service, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, Student Attitudes, Student Participation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 1997). For related documents, see CE 074 335-336.