Assessing Service-Learning in a College-Level Adolescent Development Course
Service-learning is an instructional method in which students learn course content by actively participating in thoughtfully organized service experiences related to the content. At Appalachian State University, service-learning was integrated into an upper level undergraduate course, Adolescent Development, to enable students to connect research and theory with active practice. In addition to completing the traditional course work, students also completed a service-learning project at a community agency that served adolescents. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the service-learning component of the course. At the end of the semester, students (n=24) were surveyed about their service-learning experiences. All agreed they had learned more about course concepts as a result of their service-learning experience, and the majority felt their service-learning activity provided a needed service to the agency and community. The author discusses the implications for future service-learning programming. Modified Author Abstract.