During the last several years, researchers have been garnering evidence concerning the benefits of service-learning, and urging its inclusion in the curricular mainstream. This study presents evidence that college students manifest long-lasting, if modest, academic benefits from participating in service-learning. The academic records of 477 students who completed an Introductory Child Development lecture course with or without a service-learning requirement were examined, to compare grades earned by the service-learning" and the non-service-learning" students in four kinds of upper division courses. Results of ANOVAS yielded differences in student performance consistently favoring the service-learning" students, although they failed to reach conventional levels of statistical significance.
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