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Master's Professional Reports Abstract

The Value of Service Programs: A Case for Strengthening Communities

This report provides an analysis of volunteerism and community service programs as a structured system. It determines whether there is a need for a structured system supported through government; evaluates the philosophy that is the foundation for service programs; examines the scope and origins of service programs; presents alternative issues that affect volunteerism and service; analyzes current models; and makes recommendations for the future of such programs.

The report develops the framework for service through a comparison between the progressive movement and communitarianism. Included are specific ideals of individual development -- values; character, conduct, and morality; democracy and its relationship to communities; and basic principles explaining the relativity of service programs. The scope broadens volunteerism and service through examples and their relation to values development, experiential learning, and national service.

--Author's foreword.