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ERIC Number: ED503357
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Engaged for Success: Service-Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention
Bridgeland, John M.; DiIulio, John J., Jr; Wulsin, Stuart C.
Civic Enterprises
With goals in mind of engaging children in education and preparing them to address the nation's challenges, this report suggests service-learning could be a potential way to not only stem the tide of dropouts, but create a new generation of youth who are academically prepared for success in college and who possess a strong sense of civic responsibility. Despite the promise and growth of service-learning over the last two decades, there remains a gap between the number of students who want service-learning opportunities and the number who have access to them, and this gap is largest for minority students. Highlighting findings from a nationally representative survey of 807 high school students, including 151 at-risk students, who share their views of service-learning, the report presents original and secondary research that shows the ability of service-learning to address some of the principle causes of dropping out. The report also examines the results of focus groups of service-learning teachers who provide specific examples of the ways in which service-learning has affected their students, as well as interviews with current students who offer their perspectives on service-learning programs. The report draws upon research from a comprehensive national literature review, which found that service-learning improves almost every aspect of education that has an effect on graduation rates. (Contains 32 notes, 8 figures and 1 table.) [This report was produced in association with Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the National Conference on Citizenship.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Civic Enterprises
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A