The construction of the professional identity in university arts students via service-learning projects

Menendez-Varela, Jose L.; Grigori-Giralt, Eva


Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
29 3 417-443 DOI: 10.5209/ARIS.55249


Language Country
Spanish Spain


This article investigates the representations of first year arts undergraduates emerging from a series of service-learning projects designed for groups at risk of social exclusion. A rubric was used in the design and assessment of the projects. Applying the presuppositions of Grounded Theory, two researchers carried out a qualitative analysis of the changes in the conception and justification of the projects that occurred during the academic year. The results highlighted three fundamental achievements made by the students: a) the understanding that art is an indispensable element in personal development and in social progress; b) the beginning of the process of construction of a professional identity in the field of the arts; and c) a reinforcement of the metacognitive dimension of learning. This last aspect increased the students’ awareness and commitment to their projects, and was a determining factor in the quality of their final products.


Service-learning; rubrics; grounded theory; projects; higher education

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