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Service learning; Student volunteers in social service;


Service learning is a teaching strategy used to connect classroom curriculum with service projects in the community (Skinner & Chapman, 1999). These opportunities enrich educational goals and enable students to apply what is learned in the classroom to meaningful service opportunities in their communities (National Commission on Service Learning, 2007). Service learning opportunities require a specific process in which students prepare and participate in the service opportunity as well as reflect and connect what was learned to classroom content (Eyler & Giles, 1999).

Education is changing and evolving. Educators are responsible for meeting the needs of all students, with various abilities (Tomlinson, 2001 ). Service learning opportunities help educators meet the needs of all students. There are several academic, emotional, and social developmental benefits of service learning. Students can also learn civic responsibility and community involvement through service learning opportunities (Bringle & Phillips, 2003). Service learning opportunities enhance academics and help instill positive youth developmental characteristics in students.

Service learning opportunities are supported by educators as well as stakeholders in the community (National Commission on Service learning, 2007). During a time when education reform is at the height of discussion, administrators, educators, parents, and stakeholders all support and recognize the benefits of service learning opportunities in schools and are willing to financially support such programs (Academy for Educational Development).

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Linda J. Nebbe


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