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When Service is Good for Economics: Linking the Classroom and Community through Service-Learning


  • Andrea L. Ziegert

    () (Denison University)

  • KimMarie McGoldrick

    () (University of Richmond)


Service-learning is an experiential learning pedagogy that enables students to integrate their study of economics in the classroom with service activities in their communities. It enhances student learning because it encourages deep learning. Furthermore, it is a method by which economics can be made more accessible to an increasingly diverse student body and improve the relationship between colleges and universities and their communities. This paper offers an overview of the learning theory that underlies service-learning experiences, describes examples in the economics curriculum which demonstrate the associated components of deep learning, and provides a discussion of important considerations for economics faculty who wish to integrate service-learning into their classrooms.

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  • Andrea L. Ziegert & KimMarie McGoldrick, 2008. "When Service is Good for Economics: Linking the Classroom and Community through Service-Learning," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 7(2), pages 39-56.
  • Handle: RePEc:che:ireepp:v:7:y:2008:i:2:p:39-56

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    1. Stephen B. Deloach & Elizabeth Perry-Sizemore & Mary O. Borg, 2012. "Creating Quality Undergraduate Research Programs in Economics: How, When, Where (And Why)," The American Economist, Sage Publications, vol. 57(1), pages 96-110, May.
    2. Andrew Mearman & Aspasia Papa & Don Webber, 2014. "Why do Students Study Economics?," Economic Issues Journal Articles, Economic Issues, vol. 19(1), pages 119-147, March.
      • Andrew Mearman & Aspasia Papa & Don J. Webber, 2013. "Why do students study economics?," Working Papers 20131303, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.
    3. Joshua D. Miller & Robert P. Rebelein, 2011. "Research on the Effectiveness of Non-Traditional Pedagogies," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 30 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    4. KimMarie McGoldrick & Andrea L. Ziegert, 2011. "Let Experience be the Guide: Experiential Education in Economics," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 6 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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