Open Access Honors Program Thesis
Why focus on democratic outcomes? According to Benson, Harkavy, and Hartley (2005), service learning can be defined as: "an active, creative [pedagogy] that integrates community service with academic study in order to enhance a student's capacity to think critically, solve problems practically, and function as a lifelong moral, democratic citizen in a democratic society" (p. 189). Given this definition of service-learning, it follows that "service learning should work to develop strategies and actions to help fulfill the democratic promise of America's colleges and universities in particular and the democratic promise of American society in general. We should, therefore, evaluate service-learning by the extent to which it actually advances democracy in our classrooms, communities, and society" (p. 190).
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©2006 Aubree Rae Johnson
Johnson, Aubree Rae, "Educating Students to be Better Citizens: Effects of Service-Learning Courses on Civic Attitudes and Engagement" (2006). Honors Program Theses. 638.