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ERIC Number: EJ819675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1361-1267
Bending towards Justice: Service-Learning and Social Capital as Means to the Tipping Point
Howard, Robert W.
Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, v14 n1 p5-15 Feb 2006
This article examines the persistent gaps in academic achievement among different racial and ethnic groups in the United States. The magnitude of the gaps is documented and potential causes summarized. One of the causes, and potential solution, is social capital. Research documenting the strong correlations between social capital and academic achievement is examined. Finally, the paper reports on a service-learning project in an urban middle school that sought to increase social capital. Pre/post data indicate that the number of service learning projects in which a student participated was significantly correlated with a decline in the number of hours spent watching television, the biggest contributor to a decades-long decline in social capital. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States