Foundational Knowledge for New Professionals

Compiled by Laura Megivern from suggestions from HE-SL Folks and from the University of Vermont’s Leadership & Civic Engagement staff.


Links are to publisher websites, unless otherwise noted.


  • Furco, A. (1997) “Service-learning: What it is and what it is not”
  • Principles of good practice in combining service and learning
  • Bell, Horn, & Roxas (2007). “We know it’s service, but what are they learning? Pre-service teachers’ understanding of diversity.
  • AAHE Series: Service-Learning in the Disciplines (select and browse books & chapters of interest)
  • At a glance (in Campus Compact’s Introduction to Service-Learning Toolkit: readings & Resources for faculty (2e, 2003))
  • Astin, Sax, & Avalos (199x) “Long Term-Effects…” (In SL Toolkit)
  • Driscoll et. al (1996) “An assessment model for service-learning” (In SL Toolkit)
  • Zlotkowski, E. (1996). “A new voice at the table? Linking service-learning and the academy”
  • AAC&U’s “A Crucible Moment” (
  • Saltmarsh, J., Hartley, M., & Clayton, P. H. (2009). Democratic Engagement White Paper. Boston, MA: New England Resource Center for Higher Education.
  • Break Away’s Active Citizen Continuum and Triangle of Quality Community Service (
  • “Helping, Fixing, Serving” by Rachel Naomi Remen- avl on the web all over the place (but make sure that you use the slightly longer version ~2.5-3 pgs long).

Web Resources

  • The IARSLCE 2011 & 2012 Conference Proceedings wikis – This is more of a resource site to share.  It’s a searchable wiki that provides abstracts and reference lists for conference presentations from the 2011 IARSLCE conf. It can be a helpful starting point for someone interested in learning more about various SL/CE topics. A number of graduate students have identified it as a helpful tool for their research and scholarship.

The 2012 proceedings wiki is at

  • The Bonner Foundation has amazing resources on their webpage, including lots of training tools. Although the tools are geared to their programs, they’re easily adapted to other programs:

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