ERIC Number: ED431687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Service-Learning: Does It Affect Attitudes, Grades, and Attendance of Students Who Participate?
In spring 1996 Franklin County (KY) schools conducted a research project with three teachers at Western Hills High School to determine whether student attitudes change as a result of becoming involved in service learning. Each teacher used one class for a test group and another for a control group. Two types of pre- and posttests were given to each group of students. One test gathered information on attitudes toward subject matter, the teacher, and the specific project with which the students would become involved. The other test targeted attitudes students had toward themselves, their community, and volunteering. In addition, pre- and post-project records were kept on grades and attendance for each student group. Each test group was involved in their own service-learning project (an algebra class worked with senior citizens; a pre-algebra class tutored elementary students; and a physical science class painted playground equipment, conducted soil testing, and taught elementary students about the laws of motion). Results indicated that overall, grades and attendance did not improve for the test students after involvement in the projects. Findings suggest two trends: (1) long-term projects with the same service recipients can have more of an impact than one-time or indirect projects; and (2) becoming involved in service learning has a more positive impact on student attitudes toward a social issue or group of people than on grades or attendance. Contains extensive data and a five-item bibliography. Likert tests are appended for the three projects and the semantic differential test for all three projects. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Franklin County Board of Education, Frankfort, KY.