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ERIC Number: EJ905395
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Mechanisms for Institutionalizing Service-Learning and Community Partner Outcomes
Stater, Keely Jones; Fotheringham, Eric
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v13 n2 p7-30 2009
Using data on service-learning partnerships from 255 universities receiving Learn and Serve America Grants in 2005, we ask (1) how different strategies used to institutionalize service-learning shape the perceived impact of the partnership on community groups, (2) how the level of service-learning program formality affects the perceived impact of service-learning partnerships for community partners, and (3) how community-campus partnership dynamics influence the perceived success of service-learning projects for community groups. We find that the incorporation of greater university resources, such as institutional funding and student time, into service-learning efforts makes substantially positive community group outcomes most likely. This study suggests that a university's choice of strategies to institutionalize service-learning can have different impacts on community groups. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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