Working to build a better class-room : investigating the benefits of service-learning in composition courses for undergraduate students from working-class backgrounds
Rivera, Mark Derek.
Thesis (M.A.)--Georgetown University, 2010.; Includes bibliographical references.; Text (Electronic thesis) in PDF format. By examining the challenges that working-class college students face, this study posits service-learning as an effective tool for addressing issues of class in higher education, particularly when utilized in composition courses. To elucidate specific issues that are either unique to working-class students or more prevalent among them, and to illustrate how service-learning helps to alleviate these issues, I draw upon works from, though not limited to service-learning studies, working-class scholars, composition theorists, cognitive scientists, and statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Educational Statistics. Ultimately, I conclude that service-learning can improve intercultural understanding between working-class students and their more privileged peers, can increase their retention rates and can inspire greater numbers of them to pursue graduate degrees.
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