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Evidence of Service-Learning Benefits

A number of researchers, Eyler & Giles (1999), Astin et al. (2000), and Eyler et al. (2001) have documented the benefits of service-learning to students and to a lesser extent faculty, academic institutions and community members. Service-learning improves student learning outcomes and contributes to student personal and social development. Faculty report enhanced teaching, service, and research opportunities and academic institutions report increased student retention and improved town/gown relationships. Community partners receive additional resources to support their agencies' mission.

Unless otherwise noted, the following outcomes are documented in these studies.
Water quality measurements

Students

Learning Outcomes
Personal Outcomes
Social Outcomes

Faculty

Colleges and Universities

Communities



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