The Estimated Effects of Participation in Service-Learning on Liberal Arts Outcomes

Cindy Ann Kilgo, Kira Pasquesi, Jessica Kathryn Ezell Sheets, Ernest T. Pascarella


This study used data from a longitudinal, national study of recent college students to examine the estimated effects of students’ participation in service-learning on six liberal arts outcomes.  Findings indicate that service-learning was a positive, significant predictor for students’ political and social involvement.  Service-learning did not have a significant effect on students’ growth regarding critical thinking, moral reasoning, inclination to inquire and lifelong learn, intercultural effectiveness, or psychological well-being.



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