Advancing Knowledge in Service-Learning

Research to Transform the Field

Edited by:
Karen McKnight Casey, Michigan State University
Georgia Davidson, Michigan State University
Shelley H. Billig, RMC Research Corp., Denver
Nicole C. Springer, Michigan State University

A volume in the series: Advances in Service-Learning Research. Editor(s): Virginia M. Jagla, National Louis University.

Published 2006

The purpose of this series of books is to advance the knowledge in the service-learning research field. More importantly, this research is to be used to transform the field. This transformation will come from realizing both the history of service-learning and trying to imagine what the future may look like.

The chapters in this book all demonstrate just how far service-learning research has come. Researchers, practitioners, and students alike have benefited from its dissemination and use the research to improve practice. The research does not simply inform educators how to create a better pedagogy. Rather, it informs a service-learning practice that can transform both individuals and institutions.

CONTENTS
Acknowledments. Introduction, Karen McKnight Casey, Nicole C. Springer, Shelley H. Billig, and Georgia Davidson. SECTION I: SERVICE-LEARNING AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT. Approaching Democratic Engagement: Research Findings on Civic Learning and Civic Practice, Richard Battistoni. Service-Learning and Civic Outcomes: From Suggestive Research to Program Models, Suzanne Pritzker and Amanda Moore McBride. Maximizing Civic Commitment Through Service-Learning: Case Studies of Effective High School Classrooms, Shelley H. Billig and Susan Root. SECTION II: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON SERVICE-LEARNING. Service-Learning in Argentina Schools: A Descriptive Vision Based on the Projects Presented to the “Presidential Service-Learning Award” (2000-2001), María Nieves Tapia, Alba González, and Pablo Elicegui. Critical Thinking in a Higher Education Service-Learning Program, Diana Pacheco-Pinzón and Frida Díaz Barriga Arceo. SECTION III: IMPACTS OF SERVICE-LEARNING. An Evaluation of Academic Service-Learning: Student and Community Perspectives on Lessons Learned, Lori Simons and Beverly Cleary. Impacts of a Service-Learning Seminar and Practicum on Preservice Teacher’s Understanding of Pedagogy, Community, and Themselves, Angela Harwood, Devon Fliss, and Erin Gaulding. Engaging Scholars in the Scholarship of Engagement: Advancing Research and Publication Knowledge and Creative Production, Kevin Kecskes, Peter Collier, and Martha Balshem. SECTION IV: THE INFLUENCE OF PAST SERVICE-LEARNING RESEARCH ON PRESENT THINKING. The Wisdom of Delphi: An Investigation of the Most Influential Studies in K-12 Service-Learning Research in the Past 25 Years, Robert Shumer. SECTION V: INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF SERVICE-LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION. Ancillary to Integral: Momentum to Institutionalize Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, Karen McKnight Casey and Nicole C. Springer. About the Contributors. Index.

REVIEWS
"...this is a necessary and valuable volume as the premier venue for service-learning research" Dr. Beronda Montgomery Michigan State University in Education Reivew (Read full review)