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ERIC Number: ED460701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 132
Abstractor: N/A
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The Impact of Service-Learning on Moral Development and Self-Esteem of Community College Ethics Students.
Cram, Stanley Bruce
This study investigates the extent to which service-learning fosters moral development and increased self-esteem. Conducted at a large Midwestern community college, the study followed students enrolled in three sections of an Introduction to Ethics course, only two of which included a service-learning component. Student outcomes from the three sections, as measured by the Defining Issues Test and the Self-Esteem Questionnaire, are compared. Chapter 1 of the study introduces the research questions. Chapter 2, a literature review, examines the history of service-learning, theories of moral development and assessment, and defines key terms. Chapter 3 describes the study's methodology, provides the course syllabus, and explains the research instruments. Chapter 4 presents results and offers statistics for the population and an analysis of research questions. Chapter 5 summarizes the findings, which suggest that the service-learning program did not foster enough change to move students to the next step in Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development. Further, the brief exposure to social service experienced by the service-learning section had only a moderating effect on student self-esteem. Appended are Kohlberg's Definition of Moral Stages, the Self-Esteem Questionnaire, the Defining Issues Test, and service-learning outcomes assessment. Contains 72 references. (AS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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