Service Learning SEL Resources

This is curated list of references selected by CASEL that is focused on the role of service learning and civic engagement in the promotion social and emotional learning (SEL).

Articles and Book Chapters

Celio, C. I., Durlak, J., & Dymnicki, A. (2011). A meta-analysis of the impact of service-learning on students. Journal of Experiential Education, 34(2), 164-181.
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Chung, S., & McBride, A. M. (2015). Social and emotional learning in middle school curricula: A service learning model based on positive youth development. Children and Youth Services Review, 53, 192-200.
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Flanagan, C. A. (2004). Volunteerism, leadership, political socialization, and civic engagement. Handbook of adolescent psychology, 2, 721-745.
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Flanagan, C. A., & Christens, B. D. (2011). Youth civic development: Historical context and emerging issues. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 2011(134), 1-9.
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Metz, E., McLellan, J., & Youniss, J. (2003). Types of voluntary service and adolescents’ civic development. Journal of Adolescent Research, 18(2), 188-203.
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Syvertsen, A. K., Wray‐Lake, L., Flanagan, C. A., Wayne Osgood, D., & Briddell, L. (2011). Thirty‐year trends in US adolescents’ civic engagement: A story of changing participation and educational differences. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21(3), 586-594.
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Youniss, J., Bales, S., Christmas‐Best, V., Diversi, M., Mclaughlin, M., & Silbereisen, R. (2002). Youth civic engagement in the twenty‐first century. Journal of research on adolescence, 12(1), 121-148.
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Books

Youniss, J., & Yates, M. (1997). Community service and social responsibility in youth. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
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Reports

Fredericks, L. (2003). Making the case for social and emotional learning and service-learning. ECS Issue Brief. Education Commission of the States (NJ1).
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Flanagan, C. A., & Faison, N. (2001). Youth civic development: Implications of research for social policy and programs. Social policy report, 15(1).
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Michelsen, E., Zaff, J. F., & Hair, E. C. (2002). Civic engagement programs and youth development: A synthesis. Washington, DC: Child Trends.
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Websites

Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools (2019). Service learning. Retrieved from https://sel.cse.edu/tag/service-learning/
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American Psychological Association (2019). Civic engagement and service learning. Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/education/undergrad/research
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Search Institute (2019). Civic development and service-learning. Retrieved from https://www.search-institute.org/our-research/youth-development-research/civic-development-service-learning/
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