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"At A Glance" summarizes the findings of service learning research in higher education over the past few years and includes a bibliography. It is designed to provide a quick overview of where we are in the field today and a map to the literature. Particular issues of interest may be explored in greater depth through the annotated bibliography and complete review of research for this period from 1993-99.

This survey of service-learning research within higher education reflects a dramatic increase over recent years that examine the effects of service-learning on students, faculty, institutions, and communities. The scope of this literature review includes national, regional and single studies that focus on personal, learning, social, institutional, community or career developmental outcomes, as well as how program characteristics affect these outcomes.

The initial literature search focused on research indexes such as ERIC and Psych Lit. Four descriptors guided these literature searches: service learning, community service and experiential learning, and field- based education. Special attention was paid to The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning because this peer review journal has become a significant outlet for service-learning research in higher education. Summary reports from service-learning organizations were included such as RAND, Learn and Serve America, the Bonner Scholars Program, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.


Eyler, J., Giles, D.E. Jr., & Gray, C. (1999). At a glance: What we know about the effects of service-learning on students, faculty, institutions and communities, 1993-1999. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University.

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