Service-Learning's Impact on College Students' Commitment to Future Civic Engagement, Self-Efficacy, and Social Empowerment
Information from surveys of undergraduate college students is used to investigate whether or not service-learning affects students' commitment to future civic engagement, self-efficacy, and social empowerment. Results indicate that some applications of service-learning do have positive effects on students' commitment to future community involvement, efficacy, and empowerment. Analysis reveals that higher levels of commitment to be engaged are mediated by students' experiences of social empowerment. The findings can be used to improve the practice of service-learning as a pedagogical tool to strengthen students' commitment to becoming active citizens in their communities.
Sociology and Anthropology
service-learning, civic engagement, social empowerment, self-efficacy
Knapp, Tim, Bradley Fisher, and Chantal Levesque-Bristol. "Service-learning's impact on college students' commitment to future civic engagement, self-efficacy, and social empowerment." Journal of Community Practice 18, no. 2-3 (2010): 233-251.
Journal of Community Practice