The effects of a service-learning program on the development of civic attitudes and behaviors among academically talented adolescents

Seon Young Lee*, Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Rob Donahue, Katrina Weimholt

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Abstract

This study examined the effects of a service-learning program on the development of civic attitudes and behaviors of 230 high school students who were identified as academically gifted and participated in either a service-learning program or an accelerated academic program during the summer. Students' responses to 3 surveys measuring civic responsibility, civic behavior, and leadership skills showed that enhanced civic responsibility, particularly a greater awareness of civic issues and a stronger connection and commitment to the community, was found among the students who participated in the service-learning program. Significant differences were not found for civic behaviors and leadership skills as a result of participation in the service-learning program. Longer term studies with students and examination of the type of service-learning activities students choose to get involved in are suggested to corroborate the positive outcomes of the service-learning program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-197
Number of pages33
JournalJournal for the Education of the Gifted
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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