Social Action Activities, Service Projects, and Civic Engagement


  • Rachelle Donnelly University of Toledo


social studies education, social action activities, service projects, civic engagement, active citizenship


Social studies educators need to understand the impact or assigned social action activities and service projects on student learning so they can best meet the goals of social studies education.  A major goal of social studies education is to create good citizens, and a key aspect of being a good citizen is being civically engaged.  Studies show that assigned social action activities and service projects can positively impact civic engagement in the areas of community issue awareness, character development, and social responsibility.  Assigned social action activities or service projects should be utilized in the secondary social studies classroom to improve civic engagement and achieve a major goal of social studies education, creating responsible citizens.

Author Biography

Rachelle Donnelly, University of Toledo

Rachelle Donnelly holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master of Public Administration, both from Bowling Green State University.  She will receive a Master of Education in Secondary Education, Integrated Social Studies from the University of Toledo in 2023 and begin her teaching career at Findlay High School.


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How to Cite

Donnelly, R. (2023). Social Action Activities, Service Projects, and Civic Engagement. Learning to Teach Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies Through Research and Practice, 12(1). Retrieved from