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ERIC Number: ED482320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 21
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Service-Learning & Retention: Promising Possibilities, Potential Partnerships.
Mundy, Meaghan; Eyler, Janet
This paper describes and explores key parallels between college student retention theory and service-learning to better inform the practices of each. Service learning encompasses the various pedagogies that link community service and academic study so that each strengthens the other. It is a form of experiential education in which students engage in activities that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities designed to promote student learning and development. Service learning is a good fit with the interactionalist theory of V. Tinto and theories of retention in general because it provides multiple, meaningful connections between students, faculty, and community in ways that allow for diversity. The bonds service learning can promote appear to contribute to social integration. The paper presents 10 guidelines that combine what is known about service learning and retention to inform and extend both. As the guidelines are implemented, the key appears to be a provision of sound research that reinforces what appear to be logical connections between retention theory and service learning. (Contains 35 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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