College of Arts and Sciences


Interdisciplinary Studies

Faculty Mentor

Sven Arvidson

Faculty Editor

June Johnson Bube

Student Editor

Danae Golding


Utilizing the interdisciplinary research process and the disciplines of educational psychology and community studies, this article overviews how service learning during middle school supports healthy adolescent development and social and emotional learning. Through hands-on learning, students show increased engagement in academics and long-term community involvement. An example community garden service learning project is provided in order to demonstrate the necessary considerations for achieving a positive outcome for both school and community partners alike.