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ERIC Number: ED503445
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Linking Service Learning and Civic Engagement in Community College Students
Prentice, Mary; Robinson, Gail
American Association of Community Colleges (NJ1)
The use of service learning in community colleges has increased as research continues to link participation in service learning with a growing list of student benefits. One possible benefit of service learning participation is the fostering of greater civic awareness and commitment in students. Most of the limited research on service learning's ties to civic engagement has been done in primary and secondary school settings. It has been unclear whether there is a connection to civic engagement at the community college level. Discovering such a connection may allow service learning coordinators and faculty to foster greater awareness of how students, learning the curriculum through local service learning placements, can also become active community participants. This research brief summarizes the findings and implications of a three-year study of service learners and non-service learners at 12 community colleges. (Contains 8 figures, 1 table, and a list of web resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Corporation for National and Community Service, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Association of Community Colleges