From Passion to Objectivity: International and Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on Service-learning Research

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Sherril B. Gelmon, Shelley Billig
IAP, 2007 - Social Science - 262 pages
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This volume is the seventh in the Advances in Service-Learning Research series, and presents a collection of papers selected from those presented at the Sixth International Service-learning Research, hosted by Portland State University in Portland, Oregon in October 2006. The theme of the conference, which is also the title of this volume, was "From Passion to Objectivity: International and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Service- Learning Research." This theme was selected to showcase several important topics in contemporary servicelearning and community engagement research. Of key importance is the way in which the chapters selected for this volume reflect the evolution and maturation of research in the field of service-learning-moving from descriptive narratives of the passion for addressing social problems and inequities that was evident in much of the early research (and is still reflected today) to increasingly sophisticated research that draws on multiple methodologies, presents solid evidence, and offers the basis for replication and further exploration through future research.
 

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Context and Culture Models of Engagement Around the World
3
Apples Oranges and Kumys Multiple Methods Matrices and Models for Research on Students Doing Intercultural ServiceLearning
21
An Eastern Perspective on Western Education The Experiences of International Students Engaged in ServiceLearning
41
Jumpstarts ServiceLearning Initiative Enhanced Outcomes for AtRisk Children
65
Evaluating the Impact of PeertoPeer ServiceLearning Projects on Seat Belt Use Among High School Students Pilot Study
89
ServiceLearning as a Transformative Experience An Analysis of the Impact of ServiceLearning on Student Attitudes and Behaviors After Two Years ...
111
ServiceLearning and Literacy Motivation Setting a Research Agenda
135
Enriching School Connection and Learning in African American Urban Youth The Impact of a ServiceLearning Feasibility Project in InnerCity Phila...
159
Community Engagements Role in Creating Institutional Change Within the Academy A Case Study of East Tampa and the University of South Florida
177
Reversing the Lens Transforming Teacher Education Through ServiceLearning
199
Making Mythical Creatures Real Developing an Awareness of Adolescent Needs Through ServiceLearning
217
Engaged Scholarship Current Context and Future Directions
241
The International Association for Research on ServiceLearning and Community Engagement
255
About the Authors
259
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Sherril Gelmon is Associate Professor of Public Health in the Department of Public Administration at Portland State University. She is a nationally recognized consultant on assessment and serves as a judge for the national Malcolm Baldridge Award program.

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