ERIC Number: ED422279
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-14
Reference Count: N/A
Challenging the Image: Service Learning among British Adolescents.
Player, Katie; Roker, Debi; Coleman, John
This study examined English teenagers' community involvement. Participants were all 14-16-year-old students in 3 large public schools (rural, urban, and suburban), none of which had service learning as part of the curriculum. Over 1,000 students completed questionnaires that examined regular and one-time involvement in community service activities over the past year; views on volunteering and campaigning; and ways the students became involved or reasons they did not become involved. The questionnaires also asked about the students' involvement in religious and youth organizations and their views on traditional political parties. Researchers conducted 100 individual interviews with students to investigate these issues in-depth. The interviews included both volunteering and non-volunteering students. The results of the study were as follows: most students had given money or time to a charitable cause at least once; students were involved in a range of activities; only 13.5 percent were members of a group campaigning for something; there was a low level of commitment to involvement in formal politics; about 12 percent were involved in regular, long-term voluntary activities, and all 12 percent cited positive outcomes from their activities. The most common factor among involved students was having a family member or friend already involved in some kind of activity. Religious beliefs and membership in organized youth groups were also important factors. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Trust for the Study of Adolescents (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)