"This course is like paying to volunteer" or is it? Effects of a mandatory service learning university course on pre-service teachers' civic attitudes
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Sokal, Laura, Vern Barrett, Allan Appel, Anneke Funk, and Mykaila Radawetz, "'This course is like paying to volunteer' or is it? Effects of a mandatory service learning university course on pre-service teachers' civic attitudes." McGill Journal of Education 51(1) (2016): 1-18.
One hundred teacher candidates enrolled in a mandatory course on service learning were surveyed pre- and post-course to determine their civic attitudes and willingness to take the service learning course. Quantitative analysis indicated significant growth in civic attitudes in all students, and this growth was not differentially affected by the students’ willingness to take the course. Qualitative data were analyzed to determine the underpinnings for students’ perceptions, and recommendations about the wisdom of making such courses mandatory in teacher preparation programs are provided.