This volume represents a breakthrough discussion of the research issues surrounding innovative pedagogies. Using service-learning as its focus, it explores ways in which researchers and evaluators can study a teaching and learning approach that has multiple goals, including both academic and affective development. The chapter authors show how to study a topic that is multilayered, complex, and involves the ways in which individuals make meaning of their experiences.
Seven challenges that researchers need to grapple with in studying service-learning are identified and addressed: defining service-learning; basing service-learning research on strong theoretical foundations; refining service-learning research design and methodology; interpreting service-learning results; disseminating service-learning research findings; improving service-learning practice; and building funding to support service-learning research. In addition, practical recommendations are provided for professionals involved in doing research on service-learning and more broadly on any form of experiential education, community service and development, or educational reform.
Studying Service-Learning: Innovations in Education Research Methodology is an essential resource for researchers who are interested in studying innovative teaching and learning strategies and for students who are learning about a range of research methodologies.
"This is the right book, at the right time for the field, with the right issues discussed."
—Dwight E. Giles, Jr.
University of Massachusetts Boston
Contents: S.H. Billig, Introduction. J. Howard, Service-Learning Research: Foundational Issues. A. Furco, Issues of Definition and Program Diversity in the Study of Service-Learning. F. Waldstein, Epistemology and Service-Learning Research. L.R. Bradley, Using Developmental Theory in the Design and Evaluation of K-16 Service-Learning Programs. A.S. Waterman, Issues Regarding the Selection of Variables for Study in the Context of the Diversity of Possible Student Outcomes of Service-Learning. C. Fertman, Y. Yugar, Creating and Utilizing Databases on Service-Learning. D. Hecht, Issues of Research Design and Statistical Analysis. L. Bailis, A. Melchoir, Practical Issues in the Conduct of Large-Scale, Multisite Research and Evaluation. R. Shumer, Self-Assessment for Service-Learning. S. Root, Teacher Research in Service-Learning. J. Anderson, Expanding the Paradigm: Students as Researchers in Service-Learning. D. Hill, T. Pickeral, M. Duckenfield, The Promise and Challenge of Service-Learning Portraiture Research.