Our History

The IARSLCE grew out of the Annual International K-H Service-Learning Research Conference, which began as an idea championed by Shelley H. Billig, Ph.D. of RMC Research Corporation and Andrew Furco, Ph.D. of the University of California Berkeley. They obtained seed funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which was managed by Dr. Billig at RMC Research Corporation, and helped to support the first five years of the annual research conference. At the time of the first conference in Berkeley, CA in 2001, there were no other comparable meetings that highlighted research on service-learning and facilitated information exchange and dialogue among scholars, practitioners, funders, and students interested in research on service-learning.

Past Publications

Published through 2011, Advances in Service-Learning Research has been the annual publication of the IARSLCE.  The series contains current research on service-learning in K-12 education, teacher education, and higher education. Along with chapters highlighting the findings of service-learning research studies, the series includes pieces that identify theoretical groundings of service-learning and present methodological approaches for studying service-learning, including teacher action research.Advances in Service-Learning Research is published by Information Age Publishing, Inc. and issues are available on their website.
2011 Edition: Understanding Service Learning and Community Engagement: Crossing Boundaries Through Research

Edited by: Julie A. Hatcher, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Bob Bringle, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 

Research for What? Making Engaged Scholarship Matter
Edited by Jeff Keshen, University of Ottawa , Barbara E. Moely, Tulane University, New Orleans , Barbara A. Holland, Service-Learning Clearing House
Creating Our Identities in Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Edited by Barbara E. Moely, Tulane University, New Orleans; Shelley H. Billig, RMC Research Corp., Denver and Barbara A. Holland, Service-Learning Clearing House
Scholarship for Sustaining Service-Learning and Civic Engagement
Edited by: Melody A. Bowdon, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Shelley H. Billig, RMC Research Corp., Denver, and Barbara A. Holland, Service-Learning Clearing House
From Passion to Objectivity:  International and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Service-Learning Research
Edited by Sherril B. Gelmon, Portland State University and Shelley H. Billig, RMC Research Corporation
Advancing Knowledge in Service-Learning: Research to Transform the Field
Edited by Karen McKnight Casey, Michigan State University; Georgia Davidson, Michigan State University; Shelley H. Billig, RMC Research Corporation and Nicole C. Springer, Michigan State University
Improving Service-Learning Practice: Research on Models to Enhance Impacts
Edited by Susan Root, RMC Research Corporation, Jane Callahan, Providence College and Shelley H. Billig, RMC Research Corporation
New Perspectives in Service Learning: Research to Advance the Field
Edited by Shelley H. Billig, RMC Research Corporation, Denver and Marshall Welch, University of Utah
Deconstructing Service-Learning: Research Exploring Context, Participation, and Impacts
Edited by Shelley H. Billig, RMC Research Corporation and Janet Eyler, Vanderbilt University
Service Learning Through a Multidisciplinary Lens
Edited by Shelley H. Billig, RMC Research Corporation, Denver and Andrew Furco, University of California-Berkeley
Service Learning: The Essence of the Pedagogy
Edited by Andrew Furco, University of California-Berkeley and Shelley H. Billig, RMC Research Corporation, Denver