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ERIC Number: EJ1151671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: EISSN-1938-1611
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Learning by Doing: Service Learning as a Means of Personal Growth in the Middle Grades
Farber, Katherine A.
Current Issues in Middle Level Education, v22 n1 p1-9 2017
Does service learning impact the personal growth of middle grades students in grades 4-8? If so, in what ways? A review of the literature indicates that it does, in terms of the development of empathy, responsibility, civic engagement, and self-efficacy. In addition, findings include growth in students' communication with parents and teachers. In this literature review the developmental match between service learning and early adolescence is analyzed, as well the research on personal growth and service learning among K-16 populations. In addition, the issues of reducing bias, possible pitfalls of service learning in relation to personal development, and a measurement tool for future studies are shared. Findings include the importance of reflection, project duration, and mutual understanding between those served and participants of service learning. With these components in place, service learning can lead to significant personal growth in students, especially middle level learners.
National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education. Web site: https://www.napomle.com/cimle
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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