Civic Development and Service Learning

Web-Based Resources

The Roots of Engaged Citizenship Project, a study aimed at understanding how youth become good citizens and identifying the developmental roots of of active participation in community and society.
Inspired to Serve: An Online Tool Kit for Youth-Led Interfaith Action, developed by Search Institute and Interfaith Youth Core as part of a Learn and Serve America project supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Books

2009
Service-Learning in Community-Based Organizations: A Practical Guide to Starting and Sustaining High-Quality Programs, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain
2000
Growing Up Generous: Engaging Youth in Giving and Serving, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Elanah Dalyah Naftali, and Laura Musegades

Research Reports

2013
Key findings from the Roots of Engaged Citizenship Project, Amy Syvertsen, Aaron Metzger, and Laura Wray-Lake
2004
Community Service and Service-Learning in U.S. Public Schools, 2004: Findings from a National Survey, Peter C. Scales and Eugene C. Roehlkepartain

Research Briefs

2009
Engaging Families in Service: Broadening Service-Learning’s Reach, Impact, and Support, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain and Jenny Friedman

2008
Beyond Needs Assessments: Identifying a Community’s Resources and Hopes, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain

2007
Benefits of Community-Based Service-Learning, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain
Developing Partnerships for Service-Learning: Starting Points for Community-Based Organizations, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain and Larry Baillis
Developmental Assets: A Framework for Enriching Service-Learning, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain and Peter C. Scales
Service-Learning with Disadvantaged Youth, Eugene C. Roehlkepartain

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Scholarly Chapters

Benson, P. L., Clary, E. G., & Scales, P. C. (2007). Altruism and health: Is there a link during adolescence? In S. Post (Ed.), Altruism and health: Perspectives from empirical research (pp. 97-115). London: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182910.003.0009

Bertelsen, A. K., & Flanagan, C. (2005). Political and civic development. In C. Fisher, & R. Lerner (Eds.), Applied developmental science: An encyclopedia of research, policies, and programs (pp. 1168-1171). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Flanagan, C. A., & Syvertsen, A. K. (2006). Youth as a social construct and social actor. In L. Sherrod, C. A. Flanagan, R. Kassimir, & A. K. Syvertsen (Eds.), Youth activism: An international encyclopedia (pp. 11-19). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

Flanagan, C. A., Syvertsen, A. K., & Wray, L. D. (2007). Youth political activism: Sources of public hope in the context of globalization. In R. K. Silbereisen & R. M. Lerner (Eds.), Approaches to positive youth development (pp. 243-256). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Flanagan, C. A., Syvertsen, A. K., Gill, S., Gallay, L. S., & Cumsille, P. (2009). Ethnic awareness, prejudice, and civic commitments in four ethnic groups of American adolescents. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 38, 500-518. doi: 10.1007/s10964-009-9394-z

Metzger, A., Syvertsen, A. K., Oosterhoff, B., Babskie, E., & Wray-Lake, L. (2015). How children understand civic actions: A mixed methods perspective. Journal of Adolescent Research. doi: 10.1177/0743558415610002

Scales, P. C., & Benson, P. L. (2005). Prosocial orientation and community service. In K. A. Moore & L. Lippman (Eds.), What do children need to flourish? (pp. 339-356). New York: Springer.

Scales, P. C., & Roehlkepartain, E. C. (2005). Can service-learning help reduce the achievement gap? New research points toward the potential of service-learning for low-income students. In National Youth Leadership Council. Growing to greatness 2005: The state of service-learning in the United States (pp. 10-22). St. Paul, MN: National Youth Leadership Council.

Scales, P. C., & Roehlkepartain, E. C. (2004) Service to others: A “gateway asset” for school success and healthy development. In J. Kielsmeier, M. Neal, & M. McKinnon (Eds.) Growing to greatness 2004: The state of service-learning in the United States (pp. 26-32). St. Paul, MN: National Youth Leadership Council.

Scales, P. C., Roehlkepartain, E. C., Neal, M., Kielsmeier, J. C, & Benson, P. L. (2006). Reducing academic achievement gaps: The role of community service and service learning. Journal of Experiential Education, 29, 38-60.

Sherrod, L., Flanagan, C. A., Kassimir, R., & Syvertsen, A. K. (Eds.). (2006). Youth activism: An international encyclopedia. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

Syvertsen, A. K. (2006). Civic identity. In L. Sherrod, C. A. Flanagan, R. Kassimir, & A. K. Syvertsen (Eds.), Youth activism: An international encyclopedia (pp. 142-145). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

Stoppa, T., Wray-Lake, L., Syvertsen, A. K., & Flanagan, C. A. (2011). Defining a moment in history: Parental communication with children about September 11, 2001. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 1691-1704. doi: 10.1007/s10964-011-9676-0

Syvertsen, A. K., & Flanagan, C. A. (2006). Peer influences on political development. In L. Sherrod, C. A. Flanagan, R. Kassimir, & A. K. Syvertsen (Eds.), Youth activism: An international encyclopedia (pp. 462-466). Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing.

Syvertsen, A. K., Stout, M. D., & Flanagan, C. A. (with Mitra, D. L., Oliver, M. B., Sundar, S. S.). (2009). Using elections as teachable moments: A randomized evaluation of the Student Voices civic education program. American Journal of Education, 116, 33-67. doi: 10.1086/605100

Syvertsen, A. K., Wray-Lake, L., Flanagan, C. A., Osgood, D. W., & Briddell, L. (2011). Thirty year trends in American adolescents’ civic engagement: A story of changing participation and educational differences. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21, 586-594. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2010.00706.x

Wray-Lake, L., & Syvertsen, A. K. (2011). The developmental roots of social responsibility in childhood and adolescence. In C. A. Flanagan & B. D. Christens (Eds.), Youth civic development: Work at the cutting edge. New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development, 134, 11-25.

Wray-Lake, L., Syvertsen, A. K., & Flanagan, C. A. (in press). Developmental change in social responsibility during adolescence: An ecological perspective. Developmental Psychology. doi: 10.1037/dev0000067