What happens when young adolescent girls participate in christian service learning?
Yaksic, Dayna Kay
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The study informing this dissertation was designed to answer the question "What Happens When Young Adolescent Girls Participate in Christian Service Learning?" The study involved three adolescent girls ranging in age from eleven to fifteen years old. The concept of Christian Service Learning was developed for this dissertation. The adolescents participating in this study planned, implemented, and reflected on a Christian Service Learning project. The study, qualitative in its design, focused on interviews, observation, and the collection of documents as primary data sources. Analysis of this data relied heavily on the components of Glaser and Strauss’s Constant Comparative method of analysis. A significant portion of this dissertation is devoted to describing and situating the author’s Christian worldview regarding education, research, and service learning. The conclusions drawn from the results of this study reflect, in many ways, the current body of knowledge discussing adolescent development while challenging some elements of this research in light of a Christian worldview of the subject. Among the conclusions of this study is the suggested need to encourage responsibility in young Christian adolescents regarding their faith, learning, and service to others.