Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Changes in teachers' perceptions of student behaviors and attitudes following student participation in service-learning activities
by Wieland, Erich K., M.A., Prescott College, 2011, 109; 1502994
Abstract (Summary)

This study focused on possible impacts of service-learning activities which were made available to 30-35 under-served students at an alternative high school. There were seven distinct service-learning projects conducted over a three month period. Most of these projects were in semi-wilderness settings, such as county parks and state parks, and included trail maintenance and repair, erosion control, and improvement. The researcher met weekly with the teachers and administrators to record their perceptions of change in students' behavior and attitudes toward school, their teachers, and their classmates. These staff sessions began with written Likert-style surveys which included an invitation to elaborate on the items in a brief written comment. Finally, the faculty were interviewed as a group, and asked to comment on their perceptions of change, or lack of change. The data collected suggested a trend of agreement that the service-learning projects were having a positive impact on student behavior, attitude, and general outlook towards school.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stuckey, Jim
Commitee: Caniglia, Noel Cox, Stogsdill, Gary
School: Prescott College
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental education, Instructional Design, Educational leadership
Keywords: Service-learning, Student attitudes, Student behavior, Teachers' perceptions
Publication Number: 1502994
ISBN: 9781267072689
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