ERIC Number: ED410485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
An Empirical Assessment of Self-Esteem Enhancement in A CHALLENGE Service-Learning Program.
Wang, Jianjun; Greathouse, Betty; Falcinella, Veronica M.
Despite many service-learning programs that are now in practice, the empirical assessment of their effectiveness is sparse, due in part, to the difficulty in identifying a common indicator to measure effectiveness. In order to bolster the empirical assessment of these programs, evaluation of one such service-learning program is presented here. Empirical data, collected from 187 elementary and secondary school students, were analyzed. The elementary school students were split into treatment and control groups based on their involvement in a greenhouse construction project. At the high school level, two experimental groups were each characterized by special tutoring and student service to a historical society. Control groups were used and a self-esteem inventory was adopted to assess the effect of each service-learning project. The results indicate no significant gender differences among the three groups although the special tutoring program was more effective than the greenhouse construction and the historical project in improving student self-esteem and academic performance. The differences in self-esteem enhancement also hinged on student age and community support. Apparently, the longer the service-learning and the older the students, the better the results. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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