ERIC Number: ED409626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Service Learning for Aspiring School Leaders: An Exploratory Study.
Henderson, James E.; Brookhart, Susan M.
Service learning has been shown to enhance elementary, secondary, and undergraduate college students' intellectual and prosocial behavior, cognitive learning, socialization, citizenship, self-esteem, mentoring ability, attitudes toward diverse communities, and job placement and development. This paper presents findings of a study that examined the effects and extent of aspiring administrators' involvement in a service-learning practicum. Thirty-five students in an educational leadership doctoral program completed a service-learning experience as a requirement of the program and reported on the dates, location, and description of the practicum, appropriate number of hours served, estimated number of people expected to benefit, both directly and indirectly, anticipated benefits to the organization and its clients, benefits the participants derived from the experience, and problems or difficulties encountered. The findings suggest that participation may enhance aspiring school leaders' attitude toward service learning, enable them to assess the benefits of service learning to the organizations and individuals served, and permit future administrators to understand the problems inherent in such programs. The most frequently encountered barriers included time and client resistance. One table is included. (Contains 36 references.) (LMI)
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 24-28, 1997).