American Journal of Economics and Business Administration

THE IMPACT OF SERVICE-LEARNING CURRICULUM AT A LOCAL AT-RISK HIGH SCHOOL: AN EXAMINATION OF PRELIMINARY DATA

Roxanne Helm-Stevens, Randy Fall, Cloyd Havens, Michael Garcia and Lacey Polvi

DOI : 10.3844/ajebasp.2014.122.132

American Journal of Economics and Business Administration

Volume 6, 2014

Pages 122-132

Abstract

Over the years, there has been substantial research highlighting the effectiveness of service-learning from the perspective of the student in the classroom. Multiple studies have demonstrated student-learning outcomes as well as provided descriptions of service-learning projects and syllabi. However, limited research has been conducted exploring the effects of service-learning on the community. This pioneering study offers preliminary data on the contribution of service-learning to the community by exploring the relationships between a six-week service-learning project and the community partner. Utilizing STAR test results and principal and student feedback, the researchers examine the outcomes of a six-week college service-learning project at a local urban continuation high school. STAR test results from the California High School Exit Exam from 2008 through 2011 and classroom findings are examined. The results reveal positive changes among the high school student group based upon their evaluative attitudes towards individual strengths, motivation and career choices. Finally, the implications of this study are discussed.

Copyright

© 2014 Roxanne Helm-Stevens, Randy Fall, Cloyd Havens, Michael Garcia and Lacey Polvi. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.