ERIC Number: ED453241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Examining the Impact of Service-Learning among Preservice Teachers.
The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of service learning by integrating service learning into an undergraduate educational psychology course with the course and instructor held constant. The study was designed to assess academic and affective outcomes by combining both qualitative and quantitative measures. Students in two sections of a required course participated in this study. Both sections were taught by the same instructors, but one section (n=27) was required to write two papers based on recent research in the areas of learning and motivation, and the other section (n=16) was required to do a service learning project in a local elementary school working with the children in various capacities. Although the results were not statistically significant, the mean course grade for the service learning group was higher than that of the control group. When affective outcomes were compared, a significant difference was found for civic responsibility. Students' qualitative responses also revealed the positive impact of the service learning activities. (Contains 21 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: State Univ. of New York, Oneonta. Coll. at Oneonta.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting and Exhibits of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (53rd, Dallas, TX, March 2001).