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Exploring the Community Impact of Service-Learning Project Teams

Brent J Goertzen, Justin Greenleaf, Danielle Dougherty


The purpose of this project was to study community partners' perceptions of the impact of service-learning projects, by studying the ways in which ‘service-learning project teams’ (SLPT) impacted the communities and organizations where they worked. Researchers purposefully selected 16 community partners (CP) who had direct experience working with and supervising service-learning project teams to take part in semi-structured interviews regarding their experiences. Analysis of the transcribed interviews resulted in fifteen themes that were divided into two categories. These findings are intended to be a starting point for further research regarding the community impact of service-learning.


service-learning; community impact; community partnerships

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Partnerships is sponsored by North Carolina Campus Compact, and hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. ISSN: 1944-1061
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