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ERIC Number: ED431699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 17
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Investigating Content Knowledge Gains in Academic Service-Learning: A Quasi-Experimental Study in an Educational Psychology Course.
Shastri, Anuradhaa
Research on service learning spanning the last three decades has revealed that service learning facilitates the development of leadership skills, self esteem, teamwork, communication skills, and acceptance of cultural diversity. Perhaps the most difficult arena has been the area of intellectual, cognitive, and academic efforts. A study investigated content knowledge gains by integrating service learning in an undergraduate educational psychology course when the course and the instructor were held constant. The study was designed to reinforce concepts and theories taught in the classroom with more tangible hands-on experiences at the site. Participants were 64 State University of New York at Oneonta undergraduates. A two sample t-test was performed on the total scores earned on the quizzes, examinations, and written assignments. The results were significant at the .05 probability level with a p-value of .013. Service learning, rather than limiting learning experiences to vicarious exposure to critical issues and problems, engages students with the phenomenon under study. T-test data is appended. Contains 23 references. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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