No one study provides all of the evidence, understanding, or knowledge that is needed to draw firm conclusions about service-learning or community engagement. Replication is a critical feature on scientific inquiry and research.
Only a handful of service-learning and community engagement studies have been replicated. Replicating high quality studies is a way for strengthening evidence and building more conclusive evidence about the strengths and limitations of service-learning and community engagement practices, outcomes, and approaches.
- Develop a list of service-learning and community engagement studies that have been replicated.
- Develop a repository of instruments that can be used to replicate studies.
- Publish more studies with greater details to facilitate replication.
- Replicate more randomized control studies.
- As long as there are so many different nuances of service-learning and community engagement replication of studies in various educational contexts might not prove to be the right methodological choice.
- Quantitative studies and surveys can be replicated, what about qualitative studies? What are strategies for replicating qualitative studies?
- Be attentive to disciplinary cultures in term of quantitative and qualitative approaches when replicating studies.
- Find research studies that have used evaluation of impact of service-learning. What kind of tools were used? Is it possible to replicate those studies?
- Conduct a literature review to identify studies that could be replicated? What components of service-learning facilitate replication?
- Replicate studies of service-learning programs that are done in institutions that have similar service-learning institutionalization situations or are conducted in the same disciplines that include service-learning programs over time, i.e. same intervention and same measures.