Service Learning Survey

During February 2012, 446 educators and youth development workers completed an online survey sponsored by Keep Iowa Beautiful, Iowa Hall of Pride, Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and Iowa Coalition for the Integration of Service-Learning.

  • 210 of them worked with youth in Grades 6-12 
  • 38% (98) were from northeast Iowa, from schools around Mt. Vernon, Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Decorah, Mason City, Iowa Falls, and Cedar Falls

More than half of survey respondents say they need:

  • Better networking with organizations 
  • Better links between service and learning 
  • More time for student reflection 
  • Help assessing the effects of service on the community

The 2012 Service-Learning Survey was the first step toward a comprehensive service-learning initiative in 6th through 12th Grades. It establishes benchmarks to measure progress. Three of the top five programs relate to community and beautification, and respondents agree that service programs benefit students, schools and communities. They said the two greatest benefits are:

  • A positive impact on the community 
  • Enhancement of schools’ reputations. 

Find the complete report here: Service Learning Survey

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