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Pilot study on the learning success of students in service-learning compared to other teaching and learning formats

Maren Schlegler and Susanne Koch

No 24, Working Paper Series from Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Business and Law

Abstract: The world is increasingly characterized by global and national disasters and crises. To cope with these, social cohesion is indispensable - and this in turn requires that young people are taught how to become responsible citizens. Strengthening students' personal development and social commitment are therefore key responsibilities of universities. Service-learning is one possibility to integrate these into teaching and learning, however studies on the effectiveness of service-learning in Europe - and especially in Germany - are rare. This paper examines the effects of service-learning, whereby three different study groups are compared. The study includes n=132 bachelor and master students, and shows that the groups' outcomes hardly differ from one another. It can tentatively be said that there are only minor differences between the formats and that service-learning is equal to more traditional teaching-learning formats, but again is not superior with regard to the variables investigated.

Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.48718/n9fy-cv17

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