Service-learning: Findings from a 14-nation study

Debbie Haski-Leventhal*, Henrietta Grönlund, Kirsten Holmes, Lucas C P M Meijs, Ram A. Cnaan, Femida Handy, Jeffrey L. Brudney, Lesley Hustinx, Chulhee Kang, Meenaz Kassam, Birgitta Anne Pessi, Bhagyashree Ranade, Karen A. Smith, Naoto Yamauchi, Sinisa Zrinscak

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Service-learning literature has been dominated by studies from North America with little cross-national comparative work. This article reports on a survey of university students conducted across 14 different countries. The study examines the relationships between service-learning programs (both compulsory and optional) at high school and university, along with current volunteering, study subject, and sociodemographic variables. The survey found variation in service-learning across the different countries along with relationships between service-learning participation and gender, family income, and study subject. By contrast to previous research, however, both mandatory and optional service-learning at high school and university led to higher participation in general volunteering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-179
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


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