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Journal of Family and Consumer Services


Companies seek employees who have the potential to devise and initiate innovative solutions to complex industry problems, not students who excel in rote memorization and regurgitation. To prepare students to succeed in an increasingly diverse and competitive marketplace, it is necessary to engage students in higher levels of learning. Educators across the nation have realized that effective teaching moves students beyond basic understanding of material to integrating experiences into practice (Granello, 2001). Service learning is an effective teaching tool that promotes higher levels of learning, and simultaneously links students' academic and career goals with service to the community (Brown, 2000).