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ERIC Number: EJ831381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Charity and Social Change: The Impact of Individual Preferences on Service-Learning Outcomes
Moely, Barbara E.; Furco, Andrew; Reed, Julia
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v15 n1 p37-48 Fall 2008
Students from seven institutions of higher education reported their preferences for different paradigms of service at the beginning of their service-learning courses. At the end of the courses, they described the associated service activities in terms of the same paradigms and also completed scales describing their learning outcomes and attitudes toward civic issues. Students who expressed positive preferences for Charity or Social Change activities or both kinds of activity showed more positive learning outcomes and attitude change when there was a match between preference and service than when they experienced a mismatch. For a group of students with limited enthusiasm for either Charity or Social Change activities, the most facilitative service involved both Charity and Social Change experiences. The implications of these findings for service-learning practice and for future research are discussed. (Contains 10 tables and 1 note.)
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A