Volume 44 - Number 1 - 2003 | DOI: 10.5032/jae.2003.01010
In 1999, 32% of public schools at all levels had implemented an active service learning program. With the rapid growth of this model over the last 10 years, it is essential that more information be provided that evaluates the effectiveness of the program in developing youths' leadership life skills. To test this model, a randomized post-test only control group experimental design, utilizing a control group and two treatment groups, was conducted to determine the effects of service learning on the development of leadership life skills in youth. The treatment groups consisted of a group that reflected on a past service activity and a group that conducted a service activity that day, with immediate reflection on the activity. Findings showed that participants, who engaged in immediate reflection following the service activity, had a significantly higher level of development in the areas of contributor to community and personal leadership development. No significant differences were found on the remaining effective team skills, being a self-directed learner, and creative problem solving subscales.