Many students benefit from partaking in service learning projects and hands-on learning. Although service learning is often defined as a positive experience, many schools consider cutting funding to support service learning projects embedded in the curriculum, which is a major concern for students who benefit from such programs. The study was created to examine students’ personal experiences with a service learning program and projects with a connection to job placement skills and English language conversation skills for English language learning high school adults (18–24 years of age). The research question that guided this study asked what experiences second language learners aged 18–24 who attended nontraditional high schools had with a service learning program. Social constructivism theory served as the educational theory, and the basic qualitative study served as the design for the study. The population for the study consisted of students currently participating in service learning projects in the curriculum for high school subjects. The students were interviewed, data was reviewed, and themes emerged. Findings from the interviews reflected the need for more funding, provision, and programs in service learning to support the student learning emphasis of promoting positive service learning experiences. The results of this study indicated that the participants felt their service learning experiences made them think they were a positive influence in the community and gave them skills for job placement and a sense of self-worth. Continual research in the long-term effects of service learning could validate the results of this study.
|Commitee:||Kuo-Newhouse, Amy, Decker, Shannon|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Curriculum development, Secondary education, English as a Second Language|
|Keywords:||Adult learners, Civic engagement, Education, English language learners, Nontraditional high school, Service learning|
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