Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education




Dr. Robert Macmillan

Second Advisor

Dr. Debra Dawson


This study examined whether service-learning, as a pedagogical approach, can influence students’ sense of civic responsibility. Service-learning is defined as a pedagogy that enables students to engage in structured activities that are intentionally designed to enhance student learning, reflection, and civic responsibility, while addressing community needs. Civic responsibility is defined as active participation of an individual in the public life of a community, with a focus on the common good. Sixtyseven students were surveyed, four students were interviewed, and the reflection journals of three students were reviewed. It was found that service-learning has a positive influence on students’: awareness of, and empathy toward, individuals in the community and their needs; sense of personal responsibility; interest in taking action; and understanding of the political and social issues that affect the community.



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