ERIC Number: ED452756
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-12
Enhancing the Benefits of Service-Learning in Undergraduate Psychology Courses.
Fenzel, L. Mickey
The benefits of including service-learning in courses were studied with 35 students enrolled in each of 2 classes in child psychology, 15 students in each of 2 courses on substance abuse, and 16 first-year students in 1 introductory psychology class. Service-learning placements for the psychology courses included school tutoring programs for disadvantaged children, and students in the substance abuse class taught a 6-hour unit on drugs to eighth graders. The extent to which students benefited from service-learning was assessed by evaluating reflection essays submitted by the students and evaluating student responses to an end-of-semester service-learning evaluation instrument. Students indicated that the service experiences and the learning of course materials were mutually supportive. Findings point to the value of service-learning in terms of increasing students' levels of understanding of academic course content and changing students' attitudes toward the importance of service. These findings suggest that service-learning is likely to lead individuals toward socially responsible citizenship. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Seattle, WA, April 10-14, 2001).