ERIC Number: ED416428
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Service Learning: A Support for Personal Growth during Adolescence.
Hecht, Deborah; Schine, Joan; Halsted, Alice; Berkson, Nancy
Service learning has been proposed as one strategy to empower youth, engage students, and provide real-life applications for classroom learning. One model of service learning, "The Helper Model," which was designed specifically for use with middle school students, is presented here. Data to test the model were collected from over 500 students in grades 5 to 8 over a two-year period in an attempt to identify areas of student growth during Service Learning. Results indicate that students perceived growth in several areas. Areas of potential student growth identified after extensive analysis were (1) School-Related; (2) Work Preparedness; and (3) Psychosocial. Other findings, ongoing research, and future directions are discussed. In general, the findings support the belief that students who participated in The Helper Model of Service Learning became actively engaged in a meaningful experience which they believed provided opportunities for career development, improved interpersonal and nurturing skills, self growth, learning specific tasks, and understanding the practical component of education. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
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