Increasing Learning While Serving the Community: Student Engagement as the Key to Learning in a Basic Public Speaking Course

Jami Leigh Warren, Deanna D. Sellnow

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Abstract

Despite the significant amount of research published regarding the effect of service-learning on attitudinal measures such as empathy and civic engagement, little is known about how service-learning influences direct student learning outcomes. This pilot study employed a repeated measures, quasi-experimental design with a comparison group to compare cognitive and behavioral learning outcomes of students in two courses: a service-learning public speaking course (n = 84) and a traditionally taught public speaking course (n = 92). No significant differences were revealed between service-learning and non-servicelearning students on measures of cognitive learning. However, servicelearning student groups significantly outperformed their non-servicelearning counterparts on measures of behavioral learning (application/ performance of a skill). The article concludes by addressing issues uncovered in this pilot project and offering suggestions for additional research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-36
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
Volume25
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 by the University of Georgia.

Keywords

  • behavioral learning
  • cognitive learning
  • experiential learning
  • learning outcome assessment
  • public speaking
  • service-learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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