ERIC Number: EJ870649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
The Relationship between Service Learning and Research
Nutefall, Jennifer E.
Public Services Quarterly, v5 n4 p250-261 2009
In Fall 2006, a faculty member in George Washington University's University Writing 20 (UW20) program began incorporating service learning into her theme-based first-year writing course. Along with her librarian partner, they linked two research assignments to the service work of the students. An end-of-semester survey was administrated over three semesters with one question asking if the student's research process was affected by their service experience. In reviewing and analyzing student comments, four themes emerged: increased motivation, use of numerical data and primary sources, increased knowledge in approaching and limiting topics, and the potential for bias.
Descriptors: Service Learning, College Faculty, Academic Libraries, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Freshman Composition, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Primary Sources, Urban Universities, Research Projects, Writing Assignments, Student Research, Student Surveys, Data, Information Utilization, Bias, Research Skills, College Freshmen
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia