ERIC Number: EJ844042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Reference Count: 0
Can Service Learning Keep Students in School?
Educational Leadership, v66 n8 p91-92 May 2009
In 2003, 3.5 million U.S. young people ages 16-25 did not have high school diplomas and were not enrolled in school. Youth who lack a high school diploma are much more likely to be unemployed, go to jail, or require government assistance. Any instructional strategy that holds promise for stemming the tide of high school dropouts deserves attention. John M. Bridgeland, John J. Dilulio Jr., and Stuart C. Wulsin discuss the potential of service learning in their report "Engaged for Success: Service Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention." The report points out that service learning provides exactly the types of experiences that students and former students say they want in school. Although the report does not claim to present conclusive evidence that service learning has raised graduation rates, it offers new findings that demonstrate that service learning can help keep students engaged in school and on track to graduation. The authors' recommendations for education policymakers are presented in this article.
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, High Schools, Graduation Rate, Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Service Learning, Youth, Academic Persistence, At Risk Students, High School Students, Student Experience, Relevance (Education), Experiential Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
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