The Role of the Personal Fable in Adolescent Service-Learning and Critical Reflection

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Fall 1997


Originally published in Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Vol. 4, Iss. 1 (1997), pp. 56-63, an Open Access Journal


The reflection journals of 27 later-adolescent college students engaged in service-learning were content-analyzed. The themes of the personal fable or hero syndrome, guilt and anger, and greater awareness of the complexity of issues of social oppression emerged as major issues. It is proposed that exposure to, and discussion of, the themes, and the critical reflections of previous service-learners, will be useful to students and to persons working with students who are in training for service-learning assignments.



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