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Examining the Impact of Service-Learning on College Students in an Inclusive Camp Setting
Spann, Sammy J.

2009, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toledo, Curriculum and Instruction: Special Education.

This study examined the impact of a service-learning program on college students in an inclusive camp environment. Participants in the study completed a pre-post questionnaire to determine the impact of service-learning on the students' self concept, personal growth, and understanding of diversity as it relates to working with children with special needs. Participants were placed in Okinawa and mainland Japan during the summer of 2009 as part of their involvement in Camp Adventure. The study found that there was a significant impact in service-learning on the students' self concept, personal growth, and understanding of diversity.

Data from this survey (Appendix A: Survey Pretest, pg. 85 and Appendix B: Survey Posttest, pg. 89) are discussed in light of an extensive study of the history of special education, service-learning, and student development.


Participants reported an increase in self concept, personal growth, and understanding of diversity. It appears that people who have a service-learning experience as described in this study develop competence in the three areas investigated in this study. Results from the study have implications for work in curriculum development and the formation for public policy concerning the design and implementation of service-learning activities.


Dr. Sakui Malakpa (Committee Chair)
Dr. Edward Cancio (Committee Member)
Dr. Patricia Devlin (Committee Member)
Dr. Frank Kohler (Committee Member)
97 p.

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