The University Record, October 11, 1999

Service learning journal published

By Elise N.B. Erickson
News and Information Services

The Center for Community Service and Learning has released the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (MJCSL), Vol. 4.

The annual publication maintains a focus on community service learning in higher education, according to editor Jeffery Howard, director of the Office of Service Learning.

Two feature essays in the volume deal specifically with the impact of service learning on students, including the research findings of Jerry Miller, faculty coordinator of Project Outreach at the University.

Miller, also the director of the Center for the Child and Family, focused his research on “The Impact of Service-Learning Experiences on Students’ Sense of Power.”

Using the Department of Psychology’s “Project Outreach,” Miller surveyed 370 Michigan students. His hope was to find that students, overall, would report an increased feeling that they had the power to make a difference in the world.

The Journal also features an article from Purdue University about a program model for Engineering Projects in Community Service, which matches community organizations with technical expertise provided by a team of Purdue engineering students.

An article in the forum section of the journal reviews the history of community service in the United States.

MJCSL, Vol. 4, is available for $11, payable by sending check or money order to OCSL Press, 1024 Hill St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, or by visiting the Web site at www.umich.edu/~ocsl.