Research Opportunities

The steadily growing interest and support for community service-learning (CSL) in higher education in Canada, offers numerous opportunities for innovative research and publication. Some potential research topics, exploring the implementation of CSL in Canadian colleges and universities, include:

  • The impact of CSL on students’ personal, academic and/or career development
  • The impact of CSL on students’ sense of citizenship and social responsibility
  • The impact of CSL on retention in higher education
  • The scholarship of CSL
  • Uniquely Canadian models of CSL in higher education
  • The integration of community service and academics
  • CSL as transformative education
  • Reflection as a tool that integrates service and learning
  • Characteristics of effective university-community partnerships
  • The benefits of CSL to community organizations and communities
  • Impact of CSL on the teaching environment
  • Evaluation of CSL initiatives
  • The role of CSL in helping institutions achieve its mission
  • Best practices in Canada