Study Abroad and Service Learning Assisting Students in Learning Croatian Language.

Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Posavec, Kristina; Boras, Damir

International journal of education and information technologies

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
6 336-344 ISSN: 2074-1316

 

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Croatian Croatia

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The goal of this paper is to connect the framework of the interactive multimedia project AFILC (Assisting Foreigners in Learning Croatian) with the study abroad and service learning experience of exchange students in the University of Zagreb. The purpose of the AFILC is to develop language learning materials that will motivate foreign students to learn the Croatian language at their own pace and help them cope with its grammatical richness. The purpose of the international service learning course is to motivate exchange students to deeply experience Croatian language and culture and to get insight into the relevance of their service experiences to their personal, career, educational and civic goals.

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Studying with Disabilities – The Case of University of Zagreb

Markovina, Jerko; Miškulin, Martina; Vrabac, Katarina

Koçi, Aida (eds)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
159-165 ISBN: 978-608-4700-04-3

 

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Croatian Croatia

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University of Zagreb, which enrolls over 65000 students annually, has only about 200 students with disabilities.3 Most of them attend Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences that has 48 and Faculty of Economics with 21 students with disabilities.4 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb is the most accessible to this population of students. It has access ramps, elevators and other aids suited to the needs of students with disabilities. There is also a special working room that is adapted for blind and visually impaired persons as well as for students with mobility problems. Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is home to many associations whose goals are to facilitate adaptation of persons with disabilities from early life, education and future employment. The Office for students with disabilities of the University of Zagreb helps students get direct help in solving specific problems that may arise during their studies, and as such is the mechanism of ensuring equal opportunities.

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The implementation model of Service Learning (S+L) in the Catholic University: an experience that positively impact the comprehensive professional training

Jouannet, Chantal; Salas, María Helena; Contreras, María Antonieta

Calidad en la educación

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
0 39 197-212 DOI: 10.4067/S0718-45652013000200007  

 

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Spanish Other

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This document presents to the academic community the experience of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile incorporating the service Learning methodology (S+L). The description reviews the main methodological characteristics particularly of those pedagogical aspects that makes it a development tool for the disciplinary content learning and the formation of skills, attitudes and values as social engagement, team work and problem resolution. The description also includes the steps teachers and their courses take to implement the methodology. Finally, it presents results obtained by now showing a positive impact on the main stakeholders: students, teachers and community partners.

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service learning; comprehensive education; personal and professional development; teaching and learning methodologies; higher education

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Global service-learning in institutions of higher education: concerns from a community of practice

Lough, Benjamin J.; Toms, Cynthia

GLOBALISATION SOCIETIES AND EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
16 1 66-77 DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2017.1356705

 

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English United Kingdom

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In order to better understand and determine priorities of global service-learning in higher education, this study used an empowering evaluation processes to assess the strategic trajectories needed for growth in this field. Researchers organised 36 focus groups during an international summit to map the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for global service-learning in higher education. These focus groups generated 121 summary statements, which were qualitatively coded and analysed to assess common themes. Participants identified six main needs that could strengthen the practice of global service-learning. These needs highlight common priorities and current dilemmas faced by the emerging field of global service-learning, and illustrate the priorities needed to move this field forward in the coming years.

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Global; service-learning; community partnership; engagement; qualitative

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student with special needs

SL and Psychology of Disability: a link experienced with the Third Sector in Extremadura from the University

We are professionals in the Psychology of Disability and that commitment must be a constant ethics in any professional and personal path from the very beginning of university training in the Degree of Psychology.

Fostering physical activity for teenage girls

Third-year bachelor’s degree students in sports management organized physical practices for schoolgirls to raise students’ awareness of this issue of girls’ sports participation.

Learn to learn with homework

Reflection on how girls and boys who start in the classroom learn more.

Plataforma per la LLengua

S-L Experience with Plataforma per la Llengua (Balearic Islands)

Plataforma per la Llengua (Pro-language Platform), the Catalan language NGO, is a well-established organisation in the Catalan-speaking territory that works to promote the Catalan language as a social cohesion tool

Implementing service learning in higher education

Bringle, RG; Hatcher, JA

JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION

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67 2 221-239 DOI: 10.2307/2943981

 

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English Other

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Institutionalization of service learning in higher education

Bringle, RG; Hatcher, JA

JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION

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71 3 273 DOI: 10.2307/2649291

 

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English Other

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A measure of institutionalization of service learning, completed by representatives from diverse institutions of higher education, indicated that greater institutionalization was found among those that had attended a Campus Compact planning institute, established a centralized office to coordinate activities, funded that office with university funds, and located it under the chief academic officer. Implications are presented.

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Successful service-learning programs: New models of excellence in higher education

Bringle, RG; Hatcher, JA

JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION

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71 4 504-507 DOI: 10.2307/2649151

 

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English Other

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The dynamic tensions of service learning in higher education – A philosophical perspective

Kezar, A; Rhoads, RA

JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
72 2 148 DOI: 10.2307/2649320

 

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English Other

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This article explores sources of tension associated with the service-learning movement in higher education. The authors return to the origins of the movement, John Dewey, to find ways to address these tensions. The authors conclude by suggesting that institutional leaders look to the philosophy of Dewey to create the organizational changes necessary to successfully implement service learning.

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Character, civic renewal and service learning for democratic citizenship in higher education

Annette, J

BRITISH JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL STUDIES

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
53 3 326-340 DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8527.2005.00298.x

 

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English United Kingdom

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This article explores the civic republican conception of citizenship underlying the Labour government’s programme of civil renewal and the introduction of education for democratic citizenship. It considers the importance of the cultivation of civic virtue through political participation for such developments and it reviews the research into how service learning linked to character education can lead to the civic virtue of duty or social responsibility.

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civic republicanism; civil renewal; citizenship education; civic virtue; political participation; character; service learning

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Effects of a small-scale, very short-term service-learning experience on college students

Reed, VA; Jernstedt, GC; Hawley, JK; Reber, ES; DuBois, CA

JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENCE

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
28 3 359-368 DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2004.08.003

 

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English Other

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This study examined the effects of a small-scale, very short-term (8-10 h) service-learning experience on college undergraduates. Repeated measures analysis of variance indicated that students participating in this experience reported maintenance of their sense of social responsibility, an increased sense of the meaningfulness of college, and an increased likelihood of choosing a service-related occupation, when compared to non-participating matched counterparts. These findings provide support for the notion that minimally resource-intensive service-learning programs can provide students with some of the benefits of service-learning that have been identified in longer, more intensive experiences. (c) 2004 The Association for Professionals in Services for Adolescents. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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DEATH ANXIETY; COMMUNITY-SERVICE; METAANALYSIS; ATTITUDES; EDUCATION; OUTCOMES; IMPACT; LIFE

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Service-Learning in Higher Education: Critical Issues and Directions

Butin, DW

SERVICE-LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION: CRITICAL ISSUES AND DIRECTIONS

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1-230 DOI: 10.1057/9781403981042

 

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The limits of service-learning in higher education

Butin, DW

REVIEW OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
29 4 473 DOI: 10.1353/rhe.2006.0025

 

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English Other

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This article takes a critical look at the attempted institutionalization of service-learning in higher education. It asks whether service-learning can become deeply embedded within the academy; and if so, what exactly is becoming embedded. Specifically, this article suggests that there are substantial pedagogical, political, and institutional limits to service-learning across the academy. These limits, moreover, are shown to be inherent to the service-learning movement as contemporarily theorized and enacted. The article concludes by refraining some of the grounding assumptions of service-learning to position it as a disciplinary field more suited for becoming genuinely embedded within higher education.

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The community voice on service-learning: A good practice guide for higher education

Nduna, N. J.

EDUCATION AS CHANGE

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
11 3 69-78 DOI: 10.1080/16823200709487180

 

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English Other

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The growth of service-learning in higher education is attributed to its potential to enhance academic learning and contribute to the quality of life in communities. thus benefiting both the higher education institution and the community. Whilst acknowledging the importance of student outcomes, this article focuses on the community dimensions of service-learning in higher education. The article presents the community perspective on community needs, SL benefits, students’ performance and areas of improvement in SL practice. It also highlights a gap in higher education in terms of the lack of research on the community dimension of service-learning. The article argues that SL practice could improve and its impact on communities could increase if the voice of the community is heard. The article calls for increased community involvement and partnerships in the evaluation process that relates to the planning and implementation of SL. The article therefore attempts to fill a gap that has been noted as a glaring omission in the literature.

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Service learning in Zagreb University: how far have we gone?

Matic, Sanja; Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Boras, Damir

Ce Computers EDUCATION Zagreb

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
25-30 ISBN: 978-953-233-039-7

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The goal of this paper is to discuss the recent development and evaluation of service learning (SL) methodology in information science curriculum. In the Academic Year 2006/07 we introduced new educational methodology into our curriculum transforming the old teaching style and giving students more place to apply the theory they learned. Also, SL explores the possibilities of transforming our university into a place that meets the needs of the new economic reality of changing markets and rapidly developing technology. We integrated that methodology with the ICT in order to achieve better learning outcomes and we present both the successful and unsuccessful recently finished service learning projects in this paper. Finally, for the first time this paper brings all the advantages and drawbacks of the application of SL methodology into Bologna process in our University.

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Civic Engagement and Service Learning: Implications for Higher Education in America and South Africa

Bringle, Robert G.; Hatcher, Julie A.

EDUCATION AS CHANGE

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11 3 79-89 DOI: 10.1080/16823200709487181

 

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English Other

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Embedding Service Learning in South African Higher Education: The Catalytic Role of the CHESP Initiative

Lazarus, Jo

EDUCATION AS CHANGE

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
11 3 91-108 DOI: 10.1080/16823200709487182

 

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English Other

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Service-learning (SL) was a relatively unknown term in South African (SA) Higher Education (HE) until the late 1990’s. In response to the call of the White Paper on the Transformation of Higher Education for “feasibility studies and pilot programmes which explore the potential of community service in higher education” the Joint Education Trust(1) (JET) launched the Community – Higher Education – Service Partnerships (CHESP) initiative in 1999. The major focus of this initiative was to assist SA Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to conceptualise and implement SL as a means of giving expression to the mandate given in the White Paper. This paper tracks the development of the CHESP initiative and its contribution towards embedding SL in SA HE. The paper highlights some of the key outcomes at an institutional and national level and underpins these through the results of a comprehensive external review of CHESP undertaken in 2007, eight years after the initial launch.

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Service Learning; Community Engagement; Institutionalisation

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Implementing Model of Service Learning in Teaching Strategic Management Course

Jelenc, Lara; Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Mujevic, Denisa

4th International Conference An Enterprise Odyssey: Tourism – Governance and Entrepreneurship

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
381-393 ISBN: 953-6025-23-X

 

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Croatian Croatia

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The London communiqué (2007) emphasizes one of the goals of higher education, and that is to prepare students for their future careers and enabling their personal development. The employability of students should rise and they should have capabilities, competencies, and skills needed for the competitive job market. Therefore, the relation between universities and employers should be more strongly interwoven. Bologna process initiated the curriculum reform, introducing a student-oriented study, interactive teaching, and urges for higher level of student involvement. The students have factual knowledge, while they lack soft skills and competence to implement their knowledge in practice. Students are in a position when they finish their studies and are left without actual practical use of what they have learned and no real experiences. The model of service learning is contemporary teaching standard enabling dialogue between universities, students, and employers. Employer is facing a real-time problem, which students help to resolve while implementing theoretical knowledge learned in lectures and seminars. This paper introduces the model of service learning in teaching strategic management course. The model was developed in USA and was introduced for the first time in teaching a course of Informatics at the University of Zagreb in the academic year 2006/2007. The paper introduces the model of service learning, explains the main prerequisites of the model, and proposes the implementation in teaching Strategic management. The semester long teaching according to service learning model offers first-hand experience and reflections on the students, employers, and teacher’ s feedback, concluding about the need of this model in teaching strategic management course.

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Learning for the Knowledge Society: service learning theory and practice (Učenjem do društva znanja: teorija i praksa društveno korisnog učenja)

Mikelić Preradović, Nives

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ISBN: 978-953-175-338-8

 

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Croatian Croatia

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Service Learning Outside the US: Initial Experiences in Singapore’s Higher Education

Tan, Kenneth Paul

PS-POLITICAL SCIENCE & POLITICS

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42 3 549-557 DOI: 10.1017/S104909650909088X

 

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English Other

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Service learning in higher education is an American creature. But outside the U.S., practices that resemble American service learning or that have begun self-consciously to describe themselves as “service learning” may also be found. This article gives an account of a proto-service-learning course on civil society in Singapore and discusses some similarities and differences between the U.S. and Singapore contexts in which the practices of service learning have evolved, identifying how this civil society course in particular was both a product of as well as a challenge to Singapore’s somewhat different priorities in. higher education, political culture, and attitudes to social justice and cultural diversity.

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Service-Learning: Findings From a 14-Nation Study

Haski-Leventhal, Debbie; Grönlund, Henrietta; Holmes, Kirsten; Meijs, Lucas C. P. M.; Cnaan, Ram A.; Handy, Femida; Brudney, Jeffrey; Hustinx, Lesley; Kang, Chulhee; Kassam, Meenaz; Pessi, Anne Birgitta; Ranade, Bhagyashree; Smith, Karen A., Yamauchi, Naoto; Zrinscak, Siniša

Journal of Nonprofit & Public Sector Marketing

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
22 3 161-179 ISSN: 1049-5142

 

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Croatian Croatia

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Service-learning literature has been dominated by studies from North America with little cross-national comparative work. This article reports on a survey of university students conducted across 14 different countries. The study examines the relationships between service-learning programs (both compulsory and optional) at high school and university, along with current volunteering, study subject, and sociodemographic variables. The survey found variation in service-learning across the different countries along with relationships between service-learning participation and gender, family income, and study subject. By contrast to previous research, however, both mandatory and optional service-learning at high school and university led to higher participation in general volunteering.

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University-community bridge: service learnining to society

Cansaran, Arzu; Orbay, Keziban; Kalkan, Melek

INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY IN EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
2 2 1687-1693 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.966

 

Language Country
English Turkey

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Many major changes have occured in many fields in our country and the world in living century. Education sector is one of the fields being affected from these changes. The lesson, ‘service learning to society’ (SIS) takes place in the curriculum of Education Faculty as being compulsory with the aim of making teacher candidates gainning social responsibilities, educating them as individuals being able to respond the society’s expectation. The aim of this research is to guide the lectures giving this lesson, the teacher candidates, and person, institution and assosiation working with teacher candidates. Lecturers have the most important responsibility for efficiency of this lesson. So in this study, opinions of the lectures have been examined in terms of the scope and process of the lesson. The participants are the lectures instructing in Education Faculties of Amasya and Ondokuz Mayi Universities. The opinions of the lectures have been evaluated according to the results of the questionnaires having 27 items. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Service learning to society; teacher candidate; education faculties; social responsibility; citizen teacher

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Promotion of knowledge society through service learning.

Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Tudman, Miroslav, Matic, Sanja

The Journal of Quality in Education

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
1 ISSN: 2028-1897

 

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Croatian Croatia

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The goal of this paper is to discuss the relationship between higher education and private&public sector in Croatia, the issues Croatian students face when they get their university degrees and to explore the possibilities of transforming our university into a place that meets the needs of the new economic reality of changing markets and rapidly developing technology. We introduced new educational methodology into our curriculum that transforms the old teaching style and gives student more place to apply theory they learned, while in the same time they think how to solve world problems. Service learning is a methodology where learning occurs when students apply what they learn to community problems and reflect upon their experience as they seek to achieve real objectives for the community. We integrated that methodology with ICT in order to achieve better learning outcomes and we present the first service learning projects in Croatian university in this paper. Service learning should be a well balanced approach to the knowledge society, not only between theoretical knowledge and social needs, but also between education system and social values.

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Service-learning – The integration of higher education and the community in the process of the education of socially responsible and active citizens

Culum, Bojana; Ledic, Jasminka

REVIJA ZA SOCIJALNU POLITIKU

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
17 1 71-88 DOI: 10.3935/rsp.v17i1.897

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The paper analyses the connection between the civic mission of the university,, higher education teaching (as one of the basic academic activities) and the education of socially responsible and active citizens. It presents one of the most current models of experiential learning at the university level, originally called service-learning. The model in question relies on the integration of the curriculum and active involvement of the students in the community, with the aims of ensuring their better understanding of the academic discipline, the needs and problems of the community and encouraging their (further) civic involvement. The international academic community is increasingly regarding this model as a mechanism that successfully contributes to the realisation of certain aspects of the civic mission of the university. With the purpose of contributing to the conceptual analysis, the concepts and approaches to the definition and theoretical origins are presented. Opening the area of the discussion about the challenges of the integration of this model into higher education curriculum at our universities, the Croatian equivalent of the term set-vice learning is offered and explained.

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university civic mission; service-learning; higher education teaching; active citizens; social responsibility

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Evaluation of Service learning in ICT curriculum.

Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Kisicek, Sanja; Boras, Damir

Proceedings of the 2nd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
3 56-66 ISBN: 9782953384284

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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Theoretical knowledge without (practical) skills and weak connection between university education and labour market needs are two most important educational issues facing higher education in Croatia today. Higher education in Croatia lacks emphasis on the integration of theory and social needs. Service learning (SL) is a teaching strategy that connects meaningful community service with academic learning and civic responsibility. SL was introduced into Information Science curriculum at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb for the first time in 2006/07, with the goal to transform the old teaching style. This study examined the quality of 40 SL projects using Youth Service California’s Service Learning Quadrant (2000). The results showed that SL can become a useful academic tool in transforming our Department and Faculty into a place that meets the needs of the new economic reality of changing markets and rapidly developing technology.

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The Impact of Philosophy and Theology Service-Learning Experiences upon the Public Service Motivation of Participating College Students

Seider, Scott C.; Rabinowicz, Samantha A.; Gillmor, Susan C.

JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
82 5 597 DOI: 10.1080/00221546.2011.11777219

 

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English Other

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This mixed-methods study demonstrates that the SERVE Program at Ignatius University strengthened the public service motivation of participating undergraduates by combining weekly community service with readings in philosophy and theology. These findings offer insights about the role that philosophy and theology service-learning experiences can play in fostering college students’ commitment to public service.

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COMMUNITY-SERVICE; CLINICAL-TRIALS; IDENTITY; OUTCOMES; CITIZENSHIP; EDUCATION; PROGRAM; ETHICS; YOUTH

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The transformative potential of international service-learning at a university with a Christian foundation in the UK

Bamber, Phil

JOURNAL OF BELIEFS & VALUES-STUDIES IN RELIGION & EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
32 3 343-357 DOI: 10.1080/13617672.2011.627700

 

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English United Kingdom

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This article draws upon the findings of a study at Liverpool Hope University (LHU) into the transformative nature of International Service-Learning (ISL) experiences for student participants. This research is concerned with the implications of these findings for professional practice, in particular how ISL is constructed in Higher Education policy and practice. Recognising the problematic nature of this endeavor, this article responds to a call for discussion around pedagogical approaches underpinning counter-cultural and critical service programmes aligned with the radical principles of the Catholic social teaching. This study is grounded in a holistic conceptualisation of transformative learning that demands looking beyond an epistemological process that involves shifts in worldview and habits of mind to an ontological process that accounts for changes to our being in the world. It investigated how LHU students describe their ongoing experience of ISL and explored the conditions for learning and the associated transformative processes and outcomes in this context. Data analysis involved phenomenological description, constant comparative thematic analysis followed by a critical, hermeneutical analysis. This article will explicate the themes of moral and spiritual learning that emerged as part of a broader framework. In particular, it was found that the development of authentic relationships between travelling companions, accompanying tutors and partners overseas is central to learning that is reciprocated and provides a model of the transformative process in this context. This article concludes that this presents a pedagogical approach grounded in social justice that enables ISL to reach its transformative potential.

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transformative learning; Christian; higher education; moral education international volunteering; social justice

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What happens when the university meets the community? Service learning, boundary work and boundary workers

McMillan, Janice

TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
16 5 553-564 DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2011.580839

 

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English Other

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This article explores service learning via the lens of activity theory. Through this lens, it is identified as a form of ‘boundary work’ in higher education, with educators identified as ‘boundary workers’. Drawing on the data from a recent study, this paper analyses service learning as an often contradictory and tension-filled practice. The ‘expanded community’ and ‘dual but interrelated object’ in the service learning activity system result in many tensions for students and community members alike. This in turn poses significant challenges for boundary workers, and ultimately for the university. The paper concludes by arguing that in order to encourage and value service learning, we need to acknowledge the (new and different) knowledge, values and skills required for playing the role of boundary worker in (boundary) practices such as this.

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service learning; activity theory; boundary work; boundary workers; contradictions

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Service e-Learning Project: State Graduation Online Demo Exam

Mandić, Ana; Bakarić, Ana; Mikelić Preradović, Nives

In Billinness, C. et al (eds)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
235-243 ISBN: 978-953-175-408-8

 

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Croatian Croatia

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The service e-learning project described in this paper presents the online demo exam in informatics designed as a preparatory step for the state graduation. It was created in the midst of turbulence caused by the introduction of the state graduation at the end of secondary education in Croatia. With this project we wanted to engage grammar school students in service e-learning and present them with the opportunity to design their own test materials through the collaboration with college students who are experts in the field. We also aimed to gain our own benefit of connecting the theory learned during the study with new practical experiences while at the same time helping the students to achieve at a high level in the state graduation exam. Finally, since its free available online, our project should benefit everyone who wants to test their knowledge in informatics and/or learn something new in an easy and interesting way.

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Service Learning in Croatia and the region: progress, obstacles and solutions

Mikelić Preradović, Nives

Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences.

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
97 4 33-48 ISSN: 0043-0439

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The goal of the paper is to discuss the possibilities of transforming universities in Croatia and the region into places that take account of the emerging community trends and current challenges that our students should be capable of dealing with once they finish their studies. Service learning (SL) was introduced in the largest faculty of the University of Zagreb (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) in 2006-07 through a series of faculty workshops and through academic courses. The goals and requirements of this teaching and learning method were based upon our U.S. experience, gained at the George Washington University. Since then around 50 SL projects in the IT field have been completed and evaluated. Service learning was also introduced in the Faculty of Economy at the University of Rijeka in 2008. In 2009 it was added as a regulation of the Croatian National Youth program 2009- 2013, approved by the Croatian Government. Also, in the same year the Croatian translation of the term “service learning” (“drustveno korisno ucenje”) offered by the author of this paper became accepted as a common term at the JFDP (Junior Faculty Development Program) Regional Conference. Although the workshops were extremely popular both in Croatia and the region, and although SL courses achieved remarkable student enrollment in a short time, the number of faculty who have so far implemented it as a teaching strategy is very low. This paper discusses the reasons for faculty resistance to engage in SL and some possible solutions.

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Digital Storytelling within a Service-Learning Partnership: Technology as Product and Process for University Students and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse High School Youth

Love, Emily Wexler; Cushing, Debra Flanders; Sullivan, Margaret; Brexa, Jode

HIGHER EDUCATION, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: CONCEPTS, MODELS, AND PRACTICES

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
88-105 DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-623-7.ch009

 

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English Other

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This chapter describes a university/high school partnership focused on digital storytelling. It also explains the multi-stage process used to establish this successful partnership and project. The authors discuss the central role that technology played in developing this university/high school partnership, a collaboration that extended the impact of a digital storytelling project to reach high school students, university students, educators, high school administrators, and the local community. Valuing a reflective process that can lead to the creation of a powerful final product, the authors describe the impact of digital storytelling on multiple stakeholders, including the 13 university students and 33 culturally and linguistically diverse high school youth who participated during the fall of 2009. In addition, the chapter includes reflections from university and high school student participants expressed during focus groups conducted throughout the project. While most participants had a positive experience with the project, complications with the technology component often caused frustrations and additional challenges. Goals for sharing this project are to critically evaluate digital storytelling, describe lessons learned, and recommend good practices for others working within a similar context or with parallel goals.

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The effects of off-campus service learning on the moral reasoning of college students

Lies, James M.; Bock, Tonia; Brandenberger, Jay; Trozzolo, Thomas A.

JOURNAL OF MORAL EDUCATION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
41 2 189-199 DOI: 10.1080/03057240.2012.669925

 

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English Other

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This research examines the effects of an off-campus service learning program on the moral reasoning development of college students. A pre-post quasi-experimental design was employed with two groups of college students (aged 18-22), one that engaged in service learning and the other which did not. The intervention was an eight-week summer service project that took place in one of several cities in the US, coupled with a continuing reflection component completed during the fall semester following the service project. The service learning and comparison groups completed the Defining Issues Test (DIT-2) before and after the service learning course. Findings revealed no differences between the two groups’ pre-test moral reasoning scores. Regarding post-test scores, the service learning group had statistically significant higher moral reasoning than the comparison group.

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DEFINING ISSUES TEST

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“How Do We Know What They Need?” An Analysis of How ConnectRichmond Changed Service-Learning at the University of Richmond

Dolson, Theresa

HIGHER EDUCATION, EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS: CONCEPTS, MODELS, AND PRACTICES

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
124-128 DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-623-7.ch011

 

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The University of Richmond, a mid-size liberal arts institution, had a longstanding institutional commitment to civic engagement. Campus location and curricular issues once made the popular model of service-learning, direct service to fellow citizens in need, too restrictive, and not a good fit for many of the university’s courses. Campus leaders wanted to create community partnerships that would accommodate the wide range of pedagogical needs on campus, connect to every discipline, and still maintain healthy and sustainable partnerships in the community. This case study describes their collaboration with community leaders to launch ConnectRichmond, a network hub with many Web 2.0 features. This innovation has created a large online community that facilitates a variety of course models and has helped to support the development of a major program for community-based learning. ConnectRichmond allows UR to move beyond talking about meeting community needs to working in true reciprocity with fellow Richmonders.

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Considering college? Adolescents with autism and learning disorders participate in an on-campus service-learning program.

Gardner, Jennifer; Mulry, Claire M; Chalik, Sandee

Occupational therapy in health care

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26 4 257-69 DOI: 10.3109/07380577.2012.720052

 

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English Other

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This paper presents an example of successful collaboration between an entry-level occupational therapy program and school-based setting that resulted in innovative programming for high school students living with autism and learning disorders. The two-day programming provided opportunity for high school students (n = 30) to practice a variety of life skills on the university campus as a way to support transition to secondary education and learning in the natural environment. Occupational therapy master’s students developed and implemented the programming as a service-learning experience. Key factors for successful collaboration and outcomes, as well as considerations for future programming and research, are outlined.

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Higher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

Guthrie, Kathy L.

REVIEW OF HIGHER EDUCATION

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36 1 129-131 DOI: 10.1353/rhe.2012.0059

 

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English Other

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Innovation at the Faculty-level Education through Service Learning

Nives Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Boras, Damir; Lauc, Tomislava

World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Science Index

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
71 622-627 ISSN: 1307-6892

 

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Croatian Croatia

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The paper presents the service learning project titled DicDucFac (idea-leadership-product), that was planned and conducted by the team of information sciences students. It was planned as a workshop dealing with the application of modern social media (Facebook, YouTube, Gmail) for the purposes of self-promotion, free advertising via social networks and marketing own ideas and/or products in the virtual world. The workshop was organized for highly-skilled computer literate unemployed youth. These youth, as final beneficiaries, will be able to apply what they learned in this workshop to “the real world“, increasing their chances for employment and self- employment. The results of the project reveal that the basic, active-learning principles embodied in our teaching approach allow students to learn more effectively and gain essential life skills (from computer applications to teamwork) that can only be learned by doing. It also shows that our students received the essentials of professional ethics and citizenship through direct, personal engagement in professional activities and the life of the community.

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Integrating service learning in Jordanian higher education

Mahasneh, Randa; Tawalbeh, Aisheh; Al-Smadi, Rana; Ghaith, Souad; Dajani, Rana

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
49 4 415-425 DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2012.728874

 

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The main aim of this exploratory study is to test ‘Service Learning’ as a teaching and learning strategy in Jordanian universities by integrating service learning into a counselling course at the Hashemite University. After providing a 12-h service at 10 service locations, a 16-item questionnaire was administered to 60 senior counselling students to assess their perceptions about the service experience. Administrators of the service locations also completed a questionnaire about their level of satisfaction regarding the service provided. Qualitative data were also collected from groups’ portfolios, and reflection papers based on students involvement in service learning. The findings of the study revealed that service learning promotes students’ learning of the course content, students’ sense of connection to their classmates and university, their sense of social responsibility and professional development. Administrators were satisfied with the service and looked forward to future cooperation with the university.

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service learning; community service; counselling children and adolescents; play therapy; Jordanian higher education

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College students’ service learning experience from e-tutoring children in remote areas

ChanLin, Lih-Juan; Lin, Hong-Yen; Lu, Tze-Han

4TH WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES (WCES-2012)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
46 450-456 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2012.05.140

 

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In recent years, service learning has experienced rapid development in education in Taiwan. Many universities have integrated service learning into the curriculum or promoted service learning as volunteer activities in enhancing cognitive development and growth among college students. In this study, college students participation in the service learning project, “Online Tutoring for After-School Learning” at Fu-Jen Catholic University was analyzed. Experiences of college students in e-tutoring children in remote areas were reacted. Issued related to service learning, distant services and equity of access, e-tutoring initiative, and students’ experiences are addressed. (C) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer review under responsibility of Prof. Dr. Huseyin Uzunboylu

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Service learning; digital divide; e-tutor; online tutoring; after school learning; distant learning

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Students for Seniors: Basic ICT Education for the Elderly

Lenić, Marija; Kustura, Anita; Jurković, Ida; Mikelić Preradović, Nives

INFuture2013: Information Governance

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
4 249-256 ISBN: 1847-8220

 

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Croatian Croatia

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The mission of this service-learning project was to teach the elderly citizens the basic information and communication technology (ICT) skills. Students of information and communication sciences (museum studies and heritage management and librarianship) planned and realized this service learning project through interactive collaboration between Tin Ujević public library, Trešnjevka retirement home and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. The education for the elderly, a social group that is least connected with the rest of the today’s society through information technology, represents a very important issue for their social inclusion and staying in life’s mainstream. The students taught the end beneficiaries the basics of information technology with the emphasis on social networks (Facebook and Skype). Out of 15 participants, the first level (basic computer skills) was successfully completed by 13 participants. Two participants had physical deficiencies (they could not coordinate the movements of their body with the visual input). The second level was completed by 9 participants, while 6 participants were able to completethe third level (creating and managing the Facebook account). The last level (creating and managing the Skype account) was successfully completed by only two participants.

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The Academic Profession and The Role of Service Function

Ćulum, B., Rončević, N., Ledić, J.

Work Situations, Views and Activities of the Academic Profession: Findings of a Survey in Twelve European Countries

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
137-158 ISBN: 978-94-007-5976-3

 

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Croatian Croatia

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While teaching and research, traditionally regarded as two academic pillars, have been in the focus of numerous studies, service activity has been highlighted less. Despite the academic attention it has received lately, service is still a vaguely defined concept – or scholarly discipline – and is still searching for a more intense scientific discourse. This (sub) chapter thereby aims at contributing to the academic debate and offers some reflections on the concept of academic service, discussing data collected in 12 European countries. Highlighting the similarities and differences between senior and junior academics at universities as well as those between academics at other higher education institutions, this chapter discusses various themes linked to ‘service’: academic workload in service activities, the nature of service activities, the interconnection of service with other academic activities, ‘service character’ in academic teaching and research and academics’ views on the scholarship of service as well as their perception of institutional strategies encouraging service activities. In exploring the factors associated with the orientation of academics towards service activities, significant differences by country stand out. However, the 12-country analysis suggests that the traditional core functions of teaching and research are (still) clearly in the forefront of the academic activities, while service has remained up on the margin.

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Facebook: The Good, the Bad or the Ugly?

Bingula, Mihaela; Matić, Andrea; Varga, Vanesa; Mikelić Preradović, Nives

INFuture2013: Information Governance

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4 105-115 ISSN: 1847-8220

 

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Croatian Croatia

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This paper presents a student service-learning project that used a unique service learning approach to the issue of cyberbullying among elementary school pupils. Students have prepared a combination of lectures (curriculum units) and workshops about cyberbullying that occurs on social networks. Main purpose of the project was to educate pupils about the harmful side of the social networks, violence, and pedophilia. However, students also showed children the variety of ways social networks can be used appropriately in school and how to protect themselves from bullies and predators on the web.

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Service Learning in a Croatian University: A Possibility for Effective Partnership with Community Stakeholders.

Mikelić Preradović, Nives; Kišiček, Sanja; Boras, Damir.

The International Handbook of Cultures of Education Policy. Analytrics

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
1 495-520 ISBN: 979-10-90365-03-2

 

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Croatian Croatia

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The goal of the paper is to discuss and compare the values, attitudes and purposes of service learning stakeholders in Croatia. Service learning (SL), as a pedagogy and teaching strategy that connects meaningful community service with academic learning and civic responsibility, has five major stakeholders: students, faculty, the university, the community partner, and the local community. SL was introduced into Information Science curriculum at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb for the first time in 2006-07, with the goal to transform the old teaching style and offer new roles to stakeholders in higher education. This study examined SL value from multiple stakeholder perspectives, emphasising the quality of 40 SL projects using Youth Service California’s Service Learning Quadrant (2000). The results showed that SL can become a useful academic tool in transforming our Department and Faculty into a place that meets the needs of different stakeholders and supports the partnership development.

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Service learning: study of the degree of satisfaction of university students

Folgueiras Bertomeu, Pilar; Gonzalez, Esther; Latorre, Gemma

REVISTA DE EDUCACION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
362 159-185 DOI: 10.4438/1988-592X-RE-2011-362-157

 

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Spanish Spain

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Service learning projects promote student learning through active participation in community service. Thus, the service learning method enables students to engage directly with the people to whom they offer their services and requires them to adapt to other peoples’ needs and to a reality that is often very different from the classroom. This is one of the major ways in which service learning has an impact. In addition, service learning helps to awaken students’ interest in collective action, citizenship, etc. A comprehensive diagnostic study of 39 students was conducted to analyse four key dimensions (attributed knowledge and intentionality, evaluation of usefulness, evaluation of the process and social impact) on the basis of the chosen satisfaction model. The four dimensions led to reflection on key elements of learning and community service (learning about citizenship, learning about oneself, learning of a curriculum, processes of reflection, etc.). The main data analysis technique was content analysis, involving the triangulation of various techniques (questionnaires, interviews and discussion groups) and informants (students, teachers, coordinators and members of other organisations). Data analysis showed a high degree of satisfaction among the participating students. The dimension that most influenced the results was assessment of the attributed value, more specifically the students’ perception of their acquisition of conceptual, personal and citizenship knowledge. It should be cautioned that the results were swayed by the relationship generated among teachers, students and institutions and the possibility of linking theory with practice.

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service learning; satisfaction; qualitative research; higher education; student participation

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Exploring the Possibilities and Limitations of Service-Learning: A Critical Analysis of College Student Narratives About HIV/AIDS

Jones, Susan Robb; LePeau, Lucy A.; Robbins, Claire K.

JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION

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84 2 213-238 DOI: 10.1353/jhe.2013.0010

 

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This article reports the results of a study that explored the possibilities and limitations of service-learning by deconstructing the narratives about HIV/AIDS that emerged from five college students who participated in an alternative spring break program. Employing a critical (Rhoads, 1997) and anti-foundational (Butin, 2010) approach to inquiry, results suggest that perspective transformation and analysis of root causes will not occur automatically for most students.

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Learning to change universities from within: a service-learning perspective on promoting sustainable consumption in higher education

Barth, Matthias; Adomssent, Maik; Fischer, Daniel; Richter, Sonja; Rieckmann, Marco

JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
62 72-81 DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.04.006

 

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English Germany

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Progression towards more sustainable consumption patterns is a key challenge of the 21st century. Higher education plays a crucial role in this in as much as it significantly contributes to building the capacity of future generations to deal with real-world problems of unsustainable consumption. However, conceptually substantiated approaches to educating for sustainable consumption in universities are still poorly developed. This paper contributes to bridging this gap. It merges two separate fields of scholarship (service learning and incidental learning) and analyses key aspects of a teaching approach to promoting learning for sustainable consumption in higher education. A case example of a series of project-based seminars is presented that illustrates how this conceptual approach can be applied in practice. This paper illustrates how the integration of the concept of transdisciplinarity into service learning can help to further develop the concept to support rich and meaningful learning settings for students. The paper concludes with a critical appraisal of the approach for moving forward the agenda of higher education for sustainable development in the context of consumption and with a call for further research. (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Service learning; Higher education; Sustainable consumption; Incidental learning; Transdisciplinary collaboration

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Service-Learning as training for social entrepreneurship: an experience in the University

Torio Lopez, Susana; Pena Calvo, Jose Vicente; Hernandez Garcia, Jesus

HIGHER EDUCATION: THE CHALLENGE OF EMPLOYABILITY

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
139 504-511 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.08.055

 

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Spanish Spain

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This paper describes the experience which was undertaken in the “Lifelong learning” subject, taught in the Degree of Education Science at the Teacher Training and Education Faculty (University of Oviedo). This subject was taught in the second semester of the academic year 2013/2014. 111 students participated. The activity described required the design of a service-learning project. The main intention was to approach this methodology and stimulate reflections on small experiences of social engagement to gradually enable students to undertake more ambitious projects. The most relevant aspects of the experience are explained and some examples of projects prepared by groups of students in various areas (civic participation, health promotion, direct assistance to individuals, generational exchange and cultural heritage) are pointed out. We end with some conclusions about the most important benefits of this methodology in three areas: academic curriculum, value education and community outreach. Although it was a minor social practice, it represented an opportunity for the development of initiative, creativity, future vision, confidence, tenacity and positive thinking, all qualities needed in people with an entrepreneurial spirit. (C) 2014 The Authors. Published

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service-learning; social entrepreneurship; higher education; entrepreneurial education

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