Service Learning- It’s Elementary! Teacher initiated service learning at an independent school
Date of Award
Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership (Ed.D)
Erin Crews Adams
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Service learning involves specific and intentional academic and learning goals that are achieved through service to a community and reflection. Often the responsibility for ensuring that service learning in schools is meaningful and successful falls to teacher leaders with little specific training on organizing such efforts. This research inquiry examined the experiences of nontraditional teacher leaders and the choices they made while designing and implementing service learning projects for their elementary students. This research also examined the setting and structures that were in place to facilitate these service learning initiatives. Data analysis found the themes of ties to the curriculum, ownership and connection, and students “shouldering the weight” to be instrumental.