ERIC Number: ED478840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Distinguishing Attitudinal and Behavioral Differences among College Alumni Who Participated in Service-Learning and Volunteer Service.
Fenzel, L. Mickey; Peyrot, Mark; Speck, Sandra; Gugerty, Catherine
Although several studies have documented the benefits to undergraduate college students of participating in service-learning and general community service, little research has examined the effects of such service participation on the service-related attitudes and behaviors of alumni. In this study, 481 alumni of a religious-affiliated liberal arts college participated in a phone survey that examined their past and present behaviors related to service and their current service-related attitudes. Results show that participation in both general community service and service-learning as undergraduates positively predicted alumni attitudes toward social and personal responsibility, as well as alumni involvement in postcollege community service and in service-related careers. In addition, service-learning participation exerted an effect over and above that accounted for by community service participation, although effect sizes were relatively small. Additional research is needed to examine the aspects of service-learning and general community services experiences, and other factors related to college life, that contribute to young adults' service-related attitudes and behaviors. (Author/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 (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).