ERIC Number: EJ1136535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Understanding the Perceptions of Service Learning with Teen Leaders
Webster, Nicole S.; Bruce, Jacklyn A.; Hoover, Tracy S.
Journal of Leadership Education, v5 n1 p26-38 Sum 2006
This qualitative study was conducted to answer two questions concerning service learning in youth populations: Do teens understand their roles in the process of service learning? How do teens perceive service opportunities within their communities or organizations? The intent was to investigate these issues in order to provide depth to the research on youth voice and perceptions in service learning activities. Focus groups were conducted with teens involved in various organizations. Findings included that teens were able to articulate a strong definition of service learning as well as identify service activities. Most felt they had a voice in planning and implementation and saw adults as key to the evaluation of projects. Some teens felt, however, that adults often have too great a voice in the planning stages. Recommendations include professional development for adults on working with teens and evaluating current programs to make certain that youth voice is present.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, Content Analysis, High School Students, Student Attitudes, Leadership Role, Decision Making, Adults, Organizations (Groups), Planning, Program Evaluation
Association of Leadership Educators. e-mail: Jole@aged.tamu.edu; Web site: http://leadershipeducators.org/page-1014283
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
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