Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Sarah Montgomery


Service-learning is a term that is still being defined in the world of education. For some, service-learning is defined as "a method of teaching and learning which engages students in solving problems and addressing issues in their school and greater community as part of the academic curriculum" (Iowa Department of Education, 2007, p.1 ). Others define it as "the integration of community or school-based service activities with academic skills and content" that involves reflecting and learning from experiences while making contributions to the community (Kemis, 2000, p.8). Although these two definitions are very similar and could be interpreted as nearly identical, the fact that a consensus regarding the definition is yet to be reached is a demonstration of the youthfulness of this topic. As Shelley Billig (2000) points out, the differences in definitions also reflect a "division of opinion in the field regarding whether service learning is a philosophy of education, a curricular tool, or a program design" (p.659). Each of these labels have very different meanings and stigmas attached to them which could further impact service-learning's acceptance throughout the field of education.

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Department of Curriculum and Instruction

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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