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ERIC Number: EJ888550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1544-0389
Assessment of the Impact of Service Learning on Academic Growth of College Students
Okpala, Comfort O.; Sturdivant, Leon; Hopson, Linda
Journal of College Teaching & Learning, v6 n4 p65-68 Jul-Aug 2009
Research studies on service learning and teacher education have concluded that one of the major challenges is the lack of assessment studies that document the impact of service learning on students' academic development. In this research study, the perceptions of 65 preservice teachers on service learning were assessed. The major goals of the study were (1) to assess the perceptions of preservice teachers on service learning, and (2) to analyze the impact of service learning on preservice teachers' academic growth and achievement. The results from the analysis showed that participation in service learning activities resulted in students' gain in the area of diversity, fairness, strong work ethics, and patience. The result on the impact of service learning on achievement was inconclusive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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