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ERIC Number: ED538462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-18
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Service-Learning. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
What is service-learning and how can students and community benefit from it? With the pressure of covering all of the content, passing tests, meeting standards and making AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress), how is it realistically feasible to make learning more meaningful so that students are able to take it and utilize it in real life? There is no panacea, however, one way to help support students in this is through service-learning. The goal of service-learning is to logically connect the curriculum to a service activity where students are actively engaged in a complex and meaningful project. In turn, this project involvement demands that they take the content information and apply it to a real-life problem and/or issue. Research has found that benefits from service-learning include: (1) improvement in grades; (2) higher attendance rates; (3) lowers drop-out rates; (4) development of personal and social responsibility; (5) builds positive and collaborative relationships between students and teachers and students and the community; (6) reverses student disengagement; (7) provides more motivation for learning; (8) develops a sense of civic and democratic awareness and responsibility; (9) fewer behavior problems; (10) exposure to different careers; and (11) crosses cultural and class barriers. Studies also found that students with higher GPAs were more likely to participate in school-service programs than those with lower ones; students in private schools were more likely to contribute time to service than those in public schools; and those who participated in service programs and came from low SES backgrounds, tended to make higher grades and had smaller achievement gaps than their non-participating peers. (Contains 18 resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)