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April 20, 2007

Karyl Daughters Presents
Service-Learning and Civic Engagement:
A Longitudinal Assessment of Experiential Education

4:15-5:15pm Quad 346, SJU

This Spring we are celebrating 10 years of the Liemandt Family Service-Learning Program at CSB/SJU.  The goals of service-learning are to enhance academic learning as well as to foster community awareness and a sense of social justice.  In pursuit of these goals, I've incorporated service-learning in my classes over the past six years.  We have evidence to suggest that service-learning is an effective tool for teaching course content.  Assessment of the long-term effects on student's civic engagement is less clear. Therefore, the question remains, to what extent do service-learning experiences in college empower students to serve greater roles in their community after they graduate? This session will present preliminary results on a longitudinal study designed to assess some possible long-term effects of experiential education initiatives at CSB/SJU.