ERIC Number: ED441619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Community Service Learning: Goals and Outcomes.
Perry, Constance M.
A 3-year community service learning program was established at a small high school in Maine. The program aims to provide a unifying focus for a fragmented student population, address community problems, and increase students' self-esteem and feelings of being meaningful members of their community. In grade 9, teachers of every subject design exploratory community learning experiences for all students. During grade 10, integrated teams of heterogeneously grouped students meet monthly with teams of teachers to participate in nine seminars. These seminars include field trips to potential service learning sites and community meetings and culminate in the development of individual service learning action plans. In grade 11, students implement their action plans, performing a minimum of 50 hours of hands-on work, and prepare a portfolio demonstrating the outcomes of their learning. A survey was administered to 64 students at the end of the 3-year program and to 70 seniors who had not participated in the program. The two groups differed significantly in reported school belonging and willingness to participate in one's community and help others. Both groups reported relatively high self-esteem, regardless of program participation. Seventy-five percent of the treatment group agreed that they could make a difference in the world, and this attitude was correlated with self-esteem. Self-esteem was also correlated with school belonging. An appendix contains the student survey. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Rural Education Association (Buffalo, NY, October 14-17, 1998).