Service learning: can our students learn how to become a successful student?

Mikelić, Nives; Boras, Damir

Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Information Technology Interfaces

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
651-657 ISBN: 953-7138-05-4

 

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Croatian Croatia

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The goal of this paper is to discuss the origin of the higher education (HE) issues in Croatia and to introduce service learning methodology into our faculties. Service learning (SL) is a form of education 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. Service learning as a teaching methodology can be easily integrated with ICT in order to achieve better learning and teaching outcomes. Finally, we present the results of two surveys conducted with Croatian students in order to reveal their issues and concerns and we offer solutions learned from our experiences in US.

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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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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

 

Language Country
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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Development of Universities’ social responsibility through academic service learning programs

Perić, Julia

Mašek, A. (ed.), Osijek

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
1 365-375 ISBN: 978-953-253-106-0

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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Universities with their educational, research and social performance directly influence the quality of life in communities. Socially responsible universities foster the development of entrepreneurial behavior and social responsibility of their students and show that they know and can respond to actual social issues, not only through projects referred to community development, but also through programs and courses that educate young people how to become active participants in the process of making positive social changes. Such educational programs, also known as “academic service learning programs“, allow students transfer knowledge and skills gained in the classroom into practical projects within their communities thus becoming more socially aware and active. Such programs are important component of socially responsible performance of universities ; they reinforce the connection between universities and local communities, show that universities are capable to recognize what is going on in their society and actively participate in the development of the culture where socially responsible behavior of its actors is not a mean to an end but an end itself. In Croatia most universities are neglecting the responsibility they have toward their community thus focusing merely on educational and research component. This paper describes the case of the academic service learning course Entrepreneurial skill I at Faculty of Economics in Osijek as one of the rare examples of fostering development of social responsibilities of students. This course encourages students to stop being passive observers of social phenomena, but instead, through active participation in the community, to have direct impact on solving current social issues and develop skills with which they will ensure successful employment. The project “Contribution to the Community” within the course is an important activity that helps students retain and improve their skills, provides opportunity to explore new options, gives pleasure because of participating in solving community’s problems, and contributes to building problem solving capacity. Fostering and developing entrepreneurial mindset of students affects both their personal development and the economic and social development of the community they live in. The methodology used to identify models used for development of entrepreneurial behaviors of college students is based on a review of literature (entrepreneurship education, knowledge society, universities’ social responsibility, academic service learning programs, higher education and economic development) and qualitative studies and recommendations related to supporting students’ active engagement in the community and collaboration between local communities, universities and students.

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From Violence to the Shelter – Service Learning Experience in Social Work Education in Croatia.

Keserica, Vendi; Berc, Gordana

Proceedings 8th WSEAS International Conference on EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGIES (EDUTE’12)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
158-164 ISBN: 978-1-61804-104-3

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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This paper deals with service learning experience in social work education in Croatia. The goal of the paper is to demonstrate a case-study of the student of social work who participated in service learning program based on developing counseling competences and communication skills. The internship was organized in Autonomous Women House in Zagreb, a Non-governmental organization focused on providing different services for the women victims of domestic violence. The fieldwork activities started with systematic preparations and education about both counseling and communication specifics in work with women victims of violence. Also, the student actively participated in many activities of this NGO especially in counseling processes with clients and different assistances in purpose to reach clients needs. After the fieldwork period the student continued with engagement in the AWHZ as a volunteer and continued her education in this area in Croatia and abroad. Also, based on service learning experience she was motivated to develop some ideas for implementing e-learning approach in education for women victims of domestic violence. Benefits of service learning as well as some possibilities of e-learning in social work education and practice are discussed.

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Academic service learning program in the function of development of entrepreneurial behaviors of college students

Perić, Julia

Sarajevo: University of Sarajevo, School of Economics and Business

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
380-391 ISBN: 978-9958-25-077-4

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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Universities with their educational, research and social performance directly influence the quality of life in communities. However, many Croatian universities focus more on educational and research component, thereby neglecting the responsibility they have toward their community. By supporting entrepreneurship education universities foster the development of entrepreneurial behavior of students and show that they know and can respond to actual social issues, not only through projects referred to community development, but also through programs and courses that educate young people how to become active participants in the process of making positive social changes. Such educational programs, also known as “academic service learning programs“, allow students to transfer knowledge and skills gained in the classroom into practical projects within their communities. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of developing academic service learning programs since such programs reinforce the connection between universities and local communities and encourage the development of a culture in which university education is recognized as a key element in creating an active and social responsible citizenship and sustainable social development. This paper describes the case of the academic service learning course at Faculty of Economics in Osijek which encourages students to stop being passive observers of social phenomena, but instead, through active participation in the community, to have direct impact on solving current social issues and develop skills with which they will ensure successful employment. The project “Contribution to the Community” within the course is an important activity that helps students retain and improve their skills, provides opportunity to explore new options, gives pleasure because of participating in solving community’s problems, and contributes to building problem solving capacity. Through benchmark analysis this paper puts an important emphasis on The Oslo Agenda for Entrepreneurship Education in Europe whose aim is to foster entrepreneurial mindset in society through education and learning. Fostering and developing entrepreneurial mindset of students affects both their personal development and the economic and social development of the community they live in. This paper has identified activities that are being implemented and proposed within this Agenda, which can be applicable to Croatian universities as well. The methodology used to identify models used for development of entrepreneurial behaviors of college students is based on a review of literature (entrepreneurship education, knowledge society, academic service learning programs, higher education and economic development) and qualitative studies and recommendations related to supporting students’ active engagement in the community and collaboration between local communities, universities and students

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Actas de la II Jornada de investigadores sobre aprendizaje-servicio.

Herrero, Ma. Alejandra. Tapia, María Nieves.

CLAYSS

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
ISBN 978-987-23812-2-6

 

Language Country
Spanish Other

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CLAYSS has organized five Service-Learning Research Symposiums in 2004, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019. The Service-Learning Research Symposium aims at contributing to its theoretical foundations, to promote encounter and exchange between researchers and to give visibility to the experiences developed in the different educational areas. It focuses on: Discussions and theoretical contributions to the definition of “Service- Learning “; Monitoring and evaluation of service-learning institutional programs and practices and case studies and systematization of service-learning programs and practices. This impact publication collects papers submitted to the II Symposium.

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Service-learning; International research

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Actas de la III Jornada de investigadores sobre aprendizaje-servicio

Herrero, Ma. Alejandra. Tapia, María Nieves.

CLAYSS

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
ISBN: 978-987-23812-5-7

 

Language Country
Spanish Other

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CLAYSS has organized five Service-Learning Research Symposiums in 2004, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019. The Service-Learning Research Symposium aims at contributing to its theoretical foundations, to promote encounter and exchange between researchers and to give visibility to the experiences developed in the different educational areas. It focuses on: Discussions and theoretical contributions to the definition of “Service- Learning “; Monitoring and evaluation of service-learning institutional programs and practices and case studies and systematization of service-learning programs and practices. This impact publication collects papers submitted to the III Symposium.

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Service-learning; International research

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Determinants of students’ interest in service learning (Odrednice interesa studenata za društveno korisno učenje)

Modić Stanke, Koraljka; Putarek, Vanja

International Conference EDUvision 2016 “Modern Approaches to Teaching the Coming Generations”. Orel, M. (ed.), Ljubljana.

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
1105-1117 ISBN: 978-961-93662-8-8

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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Service learning (SL) is a teaching method that enables students to apply academic knowledge and skills and also to enrich the process of acquiring knowledge by teamworkondevelopinga project that solves a specific social problem. As such, SLis closely associated with the trends of modern education, which emphasize the importance of critical thinking and practical experience in education. Considering the great potentialof SL, it is important to conduct research that will examine various determinants and aspects of SL. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine students’interest inSLand possibledifferences in this interest in 2relation to the socio-demographic variables, familiarity and experience in SLand psychological variables. The research was conducted on the students of the University of Zagreb (N=252) using the on-line questionnaire, which consisted of sociodemographic questions, items related to SL, Civilresponsibility Questionnaire and The General Self-efficacy Scale. The results showed that most students areinterestedin the enrolment in the SLcourse. Furthermore, students who previously heardofSLand those thatvolunteered somewherewere more interested in the enrolment in the SLcourse. Finally, students who had greater specific self-efficacy and greater civil responsibility also had greater interest in the enrolment in the SLcourse. Given the existing deficit of SLcourses in the Republic of Croatia, these results suggest the need to increase the number of elective and obligatory courses that include SLin order to improve the qualifications of students for the labor market.

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civic responsibility; service learning; experience; self-eficacy; students

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Service Learning as a Lever for Rural Social Entrepreneurship Development in Croatia

Detelj, Kristina; Kedmenec, Irena; Vuković, Ksenija.

Economic and Social Development – 35th International Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development – “Sustainability from an Economic and Social Perspective”

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
461-468 ISSN: 1849-7535

 

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Croatian Croatia

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Actas de la IV Jornada de investigadores sobre aprendizaje-servicio

Herrero, Ma. Alejandra. Ochoa, Enrique.

CLAYSS

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
ISBN 978-987-4487-03-2

 

Language Country
Spanish Other

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CLAYSS has organized five Service-Learning Research Symposiums in 2004, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019. The Service-Learning Research Symposium aims at contributing to its theoretical foundations, to promote encounter and exchange between researchers and to give visibility to the experiences developed in the different educational areas. It focuses on: Discussions and theoretical contributions to the definition of “Service- Learning “; Monitoring and evaluation of service-learning institutional programs and practices and case studies and systematization of service-learning programs and practices. This impact publication collects papers submitted to the IV Symposium.

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Service-learning; International research

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SERVICE LEARNING AT THE TIME OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC: THE REMAKING OF THIS EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE IN ITALY

Stefania Chipa, Lorenza Orlandini, Patrizia Lotti

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
DOI: 10.21125/iceri.2020.0493

 

Language Country
English Italy

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At the beginning of the 2020, Italy was shocked by the spread of the COVID-19 Pandemic. To contain the worst outbreak Italy has ever experienced, the Government ordered the closure of all schools from 5 March 2020 to a time to be defined. During the lockdown, teachers continued to supply lessons remotely to all students, although the social and digital divide in the Country impacted students’ involvement somewhat. This way of teaching and learning has confronted teachers, students and families with new challenges. First of all the technology: the availability for schools and families of appropriate connection and devices. But also the familiarity with distance learning approaches was a important focus. Teachers found new way to keep students engaged and to balance between live lessons and self-study; families have heavily supported teachers acting as tutors at home; students have been asked to cope with totally different ways of relating with teachers and class mates. The Idea “Dentro Fuori la scuola-Service Learning” (“Inside/Outside the School-Service Learning) of the Avanguardie Educative Movement (AE) is focused on schools that are experimenting teaching and learning practices to connect the school with the community around. During the COVID-19 Pandemic we have observed the actions they carried out to manage Service Learning (SL) projects even remotely. How these experiences have been re-designed or re-oriented by the schools in a virtual way? To understand if ‘standard SL’ ‘holds up’ in the virtual version [1]; [2] we implemented a mixed method research design [3]. An exploratory form was sent to all 100 schools part of the Idea. The form returned 10 schools that have implemented virtual SL and how they have carryed it out. A narrative form was then sent to guide teachers to describe in first person the main steps of their virtual SL projects. Two exemplary cases emerged: one for primary and lower secondary schools and one for upper secondary. They show how SL can be a “tutor of resilience” [4] strenghtening the three peculiar elements of resilience: “I have” “I am”; “I can”. In August 2020 the Italian Ministry of Education has released the “Linee Guida per la didattica digitale integrata” (Integrated Digital Education Guidelines) [5]. Distance learning is compulsorily mantained in upper secondary schools and will be activated in primary and lower secondary in the event of closure of the schools due to the “epidemiological conditions” provoked by COVID-19. The virtual SL experiences emerged from the mixed-method research design can be of help for all italian schools that decide to implement curricular projects in collaboration with the community (SL).

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Service learning, virtual service learning, distance learning

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What Role Do Croatian Higher Institution Play? A study on University Civic Mission.

Ledić, J.; Ćulum, B.; Nuždić, S.; Jančec, L.

Proceedings of the 4th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education, Vol. 8. Higher education and citizenship, participation and democracy.

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
8

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The social context in Croatia in which universities operate shows two dominant trends. Market orientation is being promoted as a response to globalization processes. Growing resistance and concern about this tendency brought initiatives to strengthen civil engagement in higher education. Since academic knowledge is increasingly expected to be based on real life circumstances and connected to practice, the need to strengthen civic engagement, social responsibility and active citizenship at universities is further stimulated. Requests are being made to bring university instructors and practitioners into closer relationships, expecting academic knowledge to directly improve living conditions in local communities and affect democracy and civil society development (Ostrander, 2004). Students should acquire knowledge, develop skills and opinions through active participation, which in turn develops their sense of active involvement in making political decisions and controlling its implementations. Many authors agree how active citizenship is the ideal contemporary society should aspire to (T.H.McLaughlin, D. Miller, C.Wilkins, R.Griffith, D. Heather, K. Faulks). The purpose of university’s civic mission is to enable the development of this ideal.

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Challenges of the Implementation of Service-Learning Model-The Case of the Course “Family and the Prevention of Antisocial Behavior” (Izazovi implementacije modela učenja zalaganjem u zajednici – primjer kolegija ‘Obitelj i prevencija asocijalnih oblika ponašanja”)

Zloković, Jasminka; Polić, Petra

Život i škola

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
59 29 102-122

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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The paper presents a discussion on the challenges faced by the authors when trying to implement the service-learning model into the course ”Family and the prevention of antisocial behavior” of graduate study in pedagogy in the academic year 2011/2012. The basis for the discussion on the challenges of implementation of this model consists of experiences and reflections of students, their mentors in community organizations, as well as those of the professor and the teaching assistant. Their experiences and reflections were approached with the help of the forms designed for the evaluation of students’ work and the course itself. A valuable framework for understanding specific problems and examining the challenges of the implementation can be found in the work of authors who discuss examples of implementation of this model, as well as in the work of authors who discuss the assumptions and requirements necessary for its successful implementation. All involved in the work on this course (students, their mentors, the professor and the teaching assistant) consider this approach to be useful, both for the development of students’ knowledge and skills, as well as for responding to some of the local community needs and the development of social responsibility. Major challenges are related to some difficulties in the integration of the course content and activities in the community and the lack of institutional, university support in the form of a service-learning center that would facilitate many of the activities necessary for a successful implementation. The experiences in the work on the course provide a valuable opportunity to reflect on some aspects of the course learning, in whose design, implementation and evaluation extra effort needs to be placed to improve the quality of integration of learning and engagement in the community. The authors believe that these considerations might also be useful to other university teachers in the search of new opportunities in improving higher education learning.

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Service-Learning and Digital Technologies

Semenski, Sara; Harte, Aidan; Mikelić Preradović, Nives

Seljan, Sanja (eds.)., Zagreb: Uiversity of Zagreb

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
283-289

 

Language Country
Croatian Croatia

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This paper describes the project developed during the Europe engage project student tour, where students from 11 European universities have collaborated in a multicultural service-learning experience. The main goal of the project was to produce a video which would enhance the work and mission of community partner – Cell EXPLORERS. The video represents the vision and mission of the Cell EXPLORERS workshop programme and it will be useful for each of the Cell EXPLORER’s university partners to increase the student volunteer base and participation in STEM subjects in schools, while simultaneously creating highly trained and competent educators. The video is targeted at a broad audience and it incorporates drawings made by workshop participants, along with volunteer interviews, documenting the fact that volunteers and participants of the Cell EXPLORERS workshops were involved in the creative process of the video making. Since the aim of the workshop and the video was to dispel the prevailing stereotypes of scientists and to increase participation in STEM subjects, children’s voices were also incorporated to match the stills of the children’s drawings.

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RESEARCH IN/ON COMMUNITY SERVICE-LEARNING

Bram Pynoo; Linde Moriau

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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English Belgium

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Engaged education is core in the mission of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). In this workshop we introduce participants to research in and on CSL that is being conducted in our university. The VUB Univer.City project supports and fosters CSL, including the set-up of a learning community involving university teaching staff. To study the impact of this project on staff, a baseline measure was conducted in December 2018. In a second phase, students were questioned on their vision on engagement. To end with, two research projects connected to VUB CSL courses of the learning community participants will be presented.

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The pedagogical proposal of Service-Learning. A research contribution for an integral pedagogy

Irene Culcasi

International PhD Program Contemporary Humanism

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English Spain

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In the Laudato Si’ Pope Francis invites us to reflect on the loss of the horizon of the common good, with a reference not only to ecological problems but also to the way that the human being shapes the environments in which he/she lives, defining also him/herself and his/her relationship with the world. The loss of responsibility for the common good – understood as caring for ourselves, our fellow human beings and our planet, principles on which every civil society should be based – is described as the consequence of laceration in the social environment. Therefore, re-appropriating this common responsibility means dealing with a human ecology.1 In other words, we need to undertake a courageous “cultural revolution” to promote an integral ecological culture in which the human being can find the right balance with the reality that surrounds him/her; we need a culture that is not limited to a series of urgent and partial solutions to ecological problems, we need it to become a policy, an educational program, a thought and a way of life, capable of garnering positive and sustainable developments and, at the same time, “recover the values and the great goals destroyed by an hedonistic desire for instant gratification”. It is a great cultural and educational challenge that we must all meet, especially if we are educators.

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Cultural intelligence: the experience of service learning abroad

Silvia ZANAZZIa

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
18-27

 

Language Country
English Italy

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Cultural intelligence (CQ), defined as ‘an individual’s ability to be effective in situations characterized by cultural diversity’ (Ang, Van Dyne, 2008), can be developed and strengthened through experience, education and training. Field research has demonstrated that living and working abroad can contribute to ‘training’ culturally intelligent individuals (Ang, Van Dyne, 2008). More specifically, the role of traineeships abroad in developing cultural intelligence has already been investigated through the analysis of more than a hundred trainees’ field journals. The findings clearly confirmed the positive relation between a traineeship abroad and the development of CQ. Good linguistic skills, or at least motivation and attitude to develop them, was identified as a key factor, together with the availability of cultural training to increase awareness, motivation and knowledge of the host country, the essential ‘bricks’ of cultural intelligence (Zanazzi, 2010). This paper focuses, instead, on a different type of experience abroad: volunteering, or service learning, as it is often referred to in academic programs. The analysis is based on field journals written by American college students engaging in a service learning program during their study abroad in Italy, between 2011 and 2016. In our work, we use the grounded theory (Glaser & Strauss, 1967) as a methodological approach to qualitative research, where theory is rooted in the data and emerges from it. From the contents of more than 200 field journals, direct observation during seminars, feedback from supervisors and periodic informal talks with volunteers, several themes emerge that can be referred to the cognitive, meta-cognitive, motivational and behavioral dimension of cultural intelligence, showing how service learning abroad can become a fertile ground for cultivating this crucial ability.

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cultural intelligence, intercultural learning, service learning, volunteering, study abroad

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