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ERIC Number: ED424183
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec-11
Pages: 50
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What Service Teaches about Citizenship and Work: The Case of AmeriCorps.
Cohen, Carolyn
This paper reports on an exploratory investigation into some of the possible benefits of service participation. Using the national service program AmeriCorps as a case in point, the paper examines how the service experience might affect participants' citizenship development, workplace skills and career plans. Results are drawn from four focus groups, conducted in 1996, with a total of 24 AmeriCorps members, representing 17 programs in Washington state. Participants ranged in age from 18 to over 60, and all had completed one to two years of service. Findings suggest that new ways to assess AmeriCorps' impact should be considered, as the current strategy which concentrates primarily on measuring effects on the recipient community may underestimate program's value. Though not a comprehensive review of members' experiences notions, the study offers a provocative picture of possibilities, which suggests that more can be -- and is being -- accomplished by the program than is currently thought. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington