Does Service-Learning Increase Student Learning? A Meta-Analysis

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Research studies reflect mixed results on whether or not service-learning increases student learning outcomes. The current study seeks to reconcile these findings by extending a meta-analysis conducted by Novak, Markey, and Allen (2007) in which these authors examined service-learning and student learning outcomes. In the current study, 11 research studies satisfying particular criteria were included. Results suggest that service-learning does in fact increase student learning (d = 0.332). Results from moderator analyses suggest that service-learning has a positive influence on student learning outcomes irrespective of the way learning was measured. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-61
Number of pages6
JournalMichigan Journal of Community Service Learning
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012


  • Academic Achievement
  • Meta Analysis
  • Service Learning
  • Student Improvement
  • Achievement Gains
  • Instructional Effectiveness
  • Outcomes of Education


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