Service-Learning and Civic Attitudes: A Mixed Methods Approach to Civic Engagement in the First-Year of College

Amber Manning-Ouellette, Kevin M. Hemer


Service-learning contributes to a variety of learning outcomes. This study aims to examine the student learning outcomes associated with service-learning in a first-year leadership course.  With this broad focus, we hope to shed light on the benefits of students participating in civic engagement in their first semester of college.  Findings suggest student learning outcomes include interpersonal skills, leadership capacity, and social justice perspectives.  We conclude by offering considerations for designing future service-learning courses.


community engagement, student learning outcomes, leadership education, high-impact practice

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