Special Education M.A.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meghan

Second Reader

Erin Wanat


The following literature review explores how service-learning can be used in an inclusive setting. How can schools use service-learning to promote diverse learning by including students of varying abilities? Studies have shown that service-learning helps students with skills such as communication, leadership, and responsibility while still getting academic standards met. Concerns arise about how to assess whether academic standards are being met. Patterns in assessment methods are shown in the research with student self-reflections being a main source for teachers to evaluate what the students learned.. Service-learning has been shown to not only meet academic standards but to develop character traits in students who are engaged in the process. A large barrier is access to aspects like transportation or community partners who can host students of varying abilities. The research is clear that the benefits outweigh the barriers as they pertain to the use of service-learning to support inclusion in the classroom.

Degree Name

Special Education M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis