Broadening college student interest in philosophical education through community service learning

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The Pulse Program at Boston College is a community service learning program that combines academic study of philosophy and theology with a year-long community service project. An analysis of the Pulse Program during the 2008-09 academic year revealed that participating students demonstrated a significant increase in their interest in philosophy; a greater likelihood of enrolling in additional philosophy coursework; and a deeper interest in philosophy than classmates not participating in service-learning. Interviews with participating students revealed that the Pulse Program highlighted philosophy's relevance to the "real world" as well as the useful role that philosophy can play in reflecting upon the social issues raised by students' community service experiences. © Teaching Philosophy, 2011. All rights reserved.

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