The Effects of Service-Learning Courses on Students Participating in Service Projects
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SubjectsEducation -- Research papers (Graduate)
Service learning -- Research
Experiential learning -- Research
Student volunteers in social service -- Research
Evidence documenting the efficacy of participating in service during the undergraduate years is abundant, however, little attention has been paid to how the effects of service-learning compare with the effects of volunteer service in general (Eyler, Giles, Stenson, & Gray, 2001). The purpose of this study was to assess and compare the personal, social and academic impact of college students who did and did not enroll in a service-learning course while participating in a community service project. The hypothesis was that there will be no difference in student personal outcomes, student social outcomes, and outcomes related to learning between the student participating in service-learning courses and group of volunteers for the same service project. A causal comparative study was conducted to compare the experience of community service work of college students that participated in service-learning courses and those who did not. In addition to basic participation in community service information, ratings from a survey were obtained to assess student personal outcomes, student social outcomes, and outcomes related to learning. The hypothesis was tested and no statistically significant differences were found for questions that both groups shared.