The integration of information/decision technologies, community service, and service learning in a university environment

Ault, JT; Gleason, JM; Riley, LA

UNIVERSITY AS A BRIDGE FROM TECHNOLOGY TO SOCIETY, PROCEEDINGS

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
281-285 DOI: 10.1109/ISTAS.2000.915651

 

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We discuss a series of multidisciplinary research projects in which various information/decision technologies are being used by university researchers and teams of university students, in cooperation with government organizations and neighborhood associations, to assist residents of low income areas to develop reliable methods for identifying specific neighborhood problems, and to use those methods to mobilize appropriate governmental and private-sector agencies to assist in remediation. The accomplishments of the research are examined, and the goals and expected benefits – to the community, the university, the college, the department, and the students of future stages of this integrative series of projects are discussed.

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University-community bridge: service learnining to society

Cansaran, Arzu; Orbay, Keziban; Kalkan, Melek

INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY IN EDUCATION

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2 2 1687-1693 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.03.966

 

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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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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)

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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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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

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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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Service-Learning Projects Based on Dynamic Documentation in Engineering Colleges

Garcia-Alonso, J. M.; Soriano, E.; Garcia-Vicario, I.; Rubio, H.

NEW TRENDS IN EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY IN THE FIELD OF MECHANISM AND MACHINE THEORY

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19 69-81 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-01836-2_8

 

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English Spain

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In recent years, engineering colleges have started to integrate service-learning projects into many of their required courses. In the literature, there are many important definitions for service-learning pedagogy, including reciprocity, reflection, coaching and community projects. This paper presents a service-learning pedagogy implementation program for educating engineering undergraduates to solve real-world problems. Three project models for mechanical engineering, ranging from a single semester to a full calendar year, form the basis for the analyses presented. Finding appropriate community partners and projects are critical for a successful experience for all involved parties. From the results of this analysis, it is possible to conclude that, through these projects, students acquired and applied the competencies in the defined curriculum.

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Service-learning; Dynamic documentation; Community engagement; Mechanical design

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Effects of service-learning in a University in Taiwan

Lin, Chao-Yin; Wu, Shu-Wen; Wu, Su-Fang; Pan, Bao-Shih; Liao, Hui-Chen

5TH WORLD CONFERENCE ON EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES

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116 902-906 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.01.317

 

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‘Service-Learning’ integrates academic courses into the community so that students understand the relevance of their studies and become more engaged. This paper inquires whether the American system of Service-Learning is appropriate for use in a university in Taiwan, with its different cultural background. Students were assigned to work in small teams together with carers for disabled elderly people in an institution. Results showed their academic studies acquired more meaning and relevance when brought into context by practical work within the community. Service-Learning students break down isolation between the community and academics. (C) 2013 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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service learning; community; elderly people; reflection; curriculum

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The art of learning art: service-learning as a tool to build professional student identity. A proposal for university education of arts

Gregori-Giralt, Eva; Menendez-Varela, Jose-Luis

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND INNOVATION (CIDUI)

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196 100-105 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.07.018

 

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Spanish Spain

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In this study we examine the evolution of the service-learning projects carried out by students in three classroom groups in an introductory course at the Faculty of Fine Arts. The projects presented and the results obtained suggested that students had begun to develop the professional profile characteristic of their discipline. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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service-learning; identity; membership; arts; evaluation

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A Case Study of Service Learning Effectiveness based on Ubiquitous learning system for College Students

Chang, Wan-Jen; Yeh, Z. M.

GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON LINGUISTICS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE TEACHING (LINELT-2013)

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136 554-558 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2014.05.375

 

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The purpose of this study is to design a ubiquitous learning system for college students to support the experience learning in serving disadvantaged groups, help them resolve the confuse situation, give them feedback instantly and facilitate their reflection effectively. We use the ‘Moodle’ platform as the foundation to develop the service learning system, and add some functional modules in this learning system to help students learning effectively, such as Instant-Message Platform, learning materials, discussion forum, audio-visual media etc. There are 79 college students attend this plan. The single group experimental design is used in this study. The t value of pre-test and post-test in “service learning effective questionnaire “are significant (t=30.409, p<.001). The t value of "satisfaction of the ubiquitous learning system" is 4.2842 (p<.001). The statistic results show that the ubiquitous learning system can help college students in service learning effectively. (C) 2014 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Keywords: 

Service Learning; U-Learning; Instant-Message

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Criteria for evaluating Service-Learning (SL) Proposals in Universities

Bellera, Jaume; Albertin, Pilar; Bonmati, Anna

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON UNIVERSITY TEACHING AND INNOVATION (CIDUI)

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196 14-20 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.07.003

 

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Spanish Spain

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This study aims to provide criteria to help to design and evaluate Service-Learning (SL) experiences in universities, and the process to be held to validate them at national level. These basic criteria provide a framework for the promotion of best Service-Learning practices in universities and also help to strengthen its implementation to be considered an innovative practice in the university. (C) 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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Service-Learning; Teaching Innovation; valuation criteria; university; social function of the university

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Development of the open educational rajabhat university students resources using service learning to enhance public consciousness and creative problem solving

Chanayotha, Poggade; Na-songkhla, Jaitip

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEW HORIZONS IN EDUCATION, INTE 2014

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174 1976-1982 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.01.863

 

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Technologies have been crucial in education in terms of transmitting both academic knowledge and local wisdom to society. The study aimed to develop and study the effects of the open educational resources of which goals focused on enhancing public consciousness creative problem solving of the students through social service activities. The procedures of the open educational resources were as follows; phase I: field study investigating the information about local food; phase II: design and development of the media regarding the local food as well as its implementation and evaluation; phase III: publicizing and appreciating his or her piece of work. (C) 2015 The authors Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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Open Educational Resources; Service Learning; Public Consciousness; Creative Problem Solving

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Service-learning and higher education: evaluating students learning process form their own percpective

Berasategi, Naiara; Alonso, Israel; Roman, Gorka

2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION ADVANCES,HEAD’16

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228 424-429 DOI: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2016.07.065

 

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Spanish Spain

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This paper presents a description and evaluation of an innovative teaching experience carried out through a service-learning methodology within the university Degree in Social Education at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). It compiles data collected from 62 students from 3rd year, who were attending the subject “Socio-educational intervention with adults, elders and people with special needs” in the year 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. The international theoretical basis related to the development and impact of this methodology within higher education, a description of the design and the development of the case of study and a quantitative evaluation are presented in this paper. The results have been analyzed through a questionnaire that seeks the opinion of the students about their teachers. We conclude providing evidences about the impact this learning process has had over the students, mainly in aspects such as involvement, motivation and reflexive attitude. (C) 2016 Published by Elsevier Ltd.

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Service-learning; socio-educational intervention; higher education

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Trends in Higher Education Service-Learning Courses for Pre-Service Teachers: A Systematic Review

Copaci, Iulia A.; Rusu, Alina S.

ERD 2016 – EDUCATION, REFLECTION, DEVELOPMENT, FOURTH EDITION

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18 1-11 DOI: 10.15405/epsbs.2016.12.1

 

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English Romania

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As a malleable, potent curricular tool with numerous positive outcomes in students’ personal, academic and social lives, Service-Learning (S-L) has lately gained an increased interest from the scientific community. The most important challenge in introducing S-L instructional strategies in academic practice is designing effective, pragmatic S-L programs directed towards both reforming education by enhancing pre-service teachers’ experiences and addressing community needs. Following the systematic review algorithm, this paper focuses on summarizing novel trends and procedures in higher education S-L courses for pre-service teachers and on outlining a best practices profile. The systematic review is based on key research questions that reveal the following aspects of the S-L programs: the major scope of the programs, the most common types of programs, the hosting environment chosen by project managers, the types of activities included in such programs, the architecture of the mandatory reflection component of S-L programs, as well as the duration and evaluation techniques of the programs. The findings may serve as a reference point in designing more efficient S-L programs. (C) 2016 Published by Future Academy

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Service-Learning; Pre-Service Teachers; Higher Education

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Crossing the Color Line into America’s Prisons: Volunteers of Color Reflect on Race and Identity in a College Service Learning Project

Tilton, Jennifer R.

VOLUNTARY SECTOR IN PRISONS: ENCOURAGING PERSONAL AND INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE

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301-329 DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-54215-1_12

 

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Preparing college students for HIV prevention work in communities of color through service learning

Valentine, P; Wright, D

XIV INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE: ADVOCACY AND POLICY

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183-186

 

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For the past ten years, the Division of Allied Health Sciences at Howard University has implemented a 3 credit-hour course in AIDS: Role of Health Professionals. Over 500 students have gained knowledge and skills in epidemiology, clinical manifestations, traditional/nontraditional treatments, management, prevention, and AIDS policy for developing countries. A service-learning component of the course requires students to volunteer their services to various AIDS Service Organizations and other non-profit groups that primarily care for people of color. The students are required to demonstrate competence by making a professional presentation on an HIV topic of their choice. Students have volunteered at HIV conferences, assisted in AIDS Walks, participated in fund raising events, and provided services to members of the US Congress. An unexpected outcome of the course was the high interest of graduates to work in the HIV/AIDS field. Approximately 10% of the course graduates became employed by HIV/ AIDS organizations, and some have joined as members of local community planning groups. One graduate started his own organization to care for recently incarcerated HIV-infected men. Students who completed the course increased their knowledge of transmission and manifestations by 10 percent; they gained skills in management and care of patients with HIV/AIDS; and increased cultural competence and sensitivities to HIV prevention needs in communities of color.

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The institutionalization of service-learning in preservice teacher education

Anderson, JB; Callahan, J

Improving Service-Learning Practice: Research on Models to Enhance Impacts

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17-36

 

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Although the integration of service-learning into preservice teacher education programs has grown rapidly in recent years, serious challenges to its use and institutionalization exist. This study involved an in-depth examination of the policies and practices that five select teacher education programs applied to achieve their Current degree of institutionalization. The study used a modified version of Furco’s (1999) “Self-Assessnient Rubric for the institutionalization of Service-Learning in Higher Education.” Results indicate that Most institutions institutionalized service-learning by building on their unique history, mission, and culture; relying on a service-learning faculty charnpion; establishing a positive relationship with K-12 and other community partners; and finding external and/or internal funding support for service-learning.

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In their own voices – A mixed methods approach to studying outcomes of intercultural service-learning with college students

Fitch, P

Improving Service-Learning Practice: Research on Models to Enhance Impacts

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187-211

 

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Three studies are reported in this chapter. Sample sizes range from 10 to 14. Each study uses a combination of quantitative measures (e.g., Harrinler & Bennett’s Intercultural Development Inventory, 2001; McConahay’s Modern Racism Scale, 1986; and self-reporting scales) and qualitative measures (open-ended responses and interviews) to assess outcomes of intercultural service-learning experiences on college students at. two small liberal arts colleges and to identify some best practices for designing and implementing such experiences. Results indicate that an intensive short-term experience (Study 1) call be as effective as a semester-long experience (Study 3) and that reflection and training to prepare students for the intercultural experience play essential roles.

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Service-learning and the development of democratic universities, democratic schools, and democratic good societies in the 21st century

Harkavy, I

NEW PERSPECTIVES IN SERVICE-LEARNING: RESEARCH TO ADVANCE THE FIELD

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3-22

 

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Institutionalizing service-learning across the university – International comparisons

Gelmon, S; Sherman, A; Gaudet, M; Mitchell, C; Trotter, K

NEW PERSPECTIVES IN SERVICE-LEARNING: RESEARCH TO ADVANCE THE FIELD

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195-217

 

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As institutions develop service-learning activities and programs, there is increasing interest in understanding the extent of institutionalization of service-learning. The “Furco Rubric” (Furco, 2003), an assessment tool designed to assist institutions both in self-assessing their progress in institutionalization of service-learning and as the basis for strategic planning and implementation of enhanced service-learning and related activities, was used for institutional assessments and comparisons at three institutions. All of these institutions are considered leaders in their commitment to service-learning: the University of Natal-Pietermaritzburg in South Africa, St. Francis Xavier University ill Canada, and Portland State University in the United States.

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Service-learning as civically engaged scholarship – Challenges and strategies in higher education and K-12 settings

Billig, SH; Welch, M

NEW PERSPECTIVES IN SERVICE-LEARNING: RESEARCH TO ADVANCE THE FIELD

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221-241

 

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This chapter identifies the extent of civic disengagement among young people and educational institutions and suggests that service-learning is a pathway for civic engagement. Different conceptions of civic engagement are illuminated and linkage to service-learning for each conception is provided. Authors discuss progress and strategies that are in place in both higher education and K-12 settings, and the challenges associated with each level in using service-learning as civically engaged scholarship.

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Service-learning as a transformative experience – An analysis of the impact of service-learning on student attitudes and behaviors after two years of college

Bernacki, Matthew; Bernt, Frank

From Passion to Objectivity: International and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Service-Learning Research

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111-134

 

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This longitudinal study examined the relationship between service-learning (SL) and the attitudes and behaviors of college students during the first 2 years of undergraduate Study at a faith-based (Jesuit) university. The study investigated the role SL involvement plays in the timing and depth of students engagement in campus activities and the attitudinal changes that accompany such activity. Students were surveyed at 3 time points about their social, civic, and religious attitudes and were interviewed each spring about their time use. Freshmen SL students were more likely to attend alternative spring breaks, and as sophomores were more likely to complete advocacy work and attend retreats. Implications are that freshmen SL experiences seem to promote involvement in activities aimed at formation of students’ attitudes and behaviors.

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ORIENTATION; VARIANCE; SCALE

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Critical thinking in a higher education service-learning program

Pinzon, Diana Pacheco; Arceo, Frida Diaz Barriga

ADVANCING KNOWLEDGE IN SERVICE-LEARNING: RESEARCH TO TRANSFORM THE FIELD

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The presence of the critical thinking process in a service-learning program was researched with a qualitative study. Service-learning in higher education is presented as an experiential learning program that promotes socially responsible education committed to improving quality of life for everybody, everywhere. Four students were monitored during a I-semester service-learning experience and the Critical Thinking Case (Pacheco, 2005) was applied to the entire student population of the School of Psychology running the service-learning program. Results indicate the presence of the critical thinking process in the reflection stage of the service-learning experience (i.e., reflection journals and group reflection) and via the Critical Thinking Case. Overall student performances on the Critical Thinking Case differed by the semester the students were in, with more advanced students having higher critical thinking levels on the case. The results may impact service-learning programs, their reflective processes and also impact higher education institutions by highlighting the importance of service and critical thinking as primary objectives in higher education. Being able to prove the presence of critical thinking in the reflection processes of the service-learning program facilitates experience and instrument design (e.g., Critical Thinking Case) that will allow firm advances in the research and in design of the overall education experience.

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REFLECTION

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An application of service-learning in the “Enterprise Ethics and Business Etiquette” course-A case study in a technological university

Chen, Tzuu-yuh; Chen, Mei-chun

16TH ISSAT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RELIABILITY AND QUALITY IN DESIGN

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
435

 

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In recent years service-learning has become an important element of higher education. Through service-learning activities, students can have more experiences in serving their communities and society. The subjects of this study included 44 junior students of Information Management Department at Vanung University who were taking the course “Enterprise Ethics and Business Etiquette” which integrates service-learning. These students who were divided into 14 groups offered their services at 8 organizations they chose. They performed their service-learning activities after school. They totally served at these organizations for a total of 335 hours; therefore, on average, each student served for 7.6 hours. The persons who received services include starving children, the elderly, the physically and mentally challenged, and tourists. The results of this study’s investigation of students’ reflections upon their service-learning activities revealed that the highest percentage (43 out of 44) of students could understand the emotions and feelings of the persons they served. In addition, 80.63 % of students expressed their satisfaction with the course they were taking. A further study should be conducted in the future to explore the degree of satisfaction of organizations that receive services in order to evaluate the effectiveness of service-learning activities.

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Service-learning; reflection

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SERVICE-LEARNING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GRANADA

Arco, Jose L.; Fernandez, Francisco D.; Morales, Patricia J.; Minaca, Maribel; Hervas, Miriam

3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (ICERI2010)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
4475-4481

 

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English Spain

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Higher Education systems in Europe are undergoing a process of deep reforms, to meet the challenges posed by the creation of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). This alignment process affecting their structure, learning objectives, teaching methodologies and learning results measured in terms of competencies and employability intends to make Europe one of the most advance societies and economies based on knowledge. This paper describes the research done at the University of Granada, aimed at identifying and measuring examples of good practices related to Service-Learning. This instructional Methodology has been selected because of the possibility that brings to face the educational challenges that students, professors and administrators have to face in the following years. To do it, a 25 professor’s sample was chosen by using the Snowball sampling technique. Next an ad hoc Service-Learning survey (alpha = .89) was administered. The results point, on one hand, to the existence of academic and institutional barriers undermining the diffusion and adoption of this type of instructional methodologies at the University. On the other hand, there is a group of professors that are already using within their courses certain components of S-L like a more active role of students on their own learning process and the inclusion of real community problems and needs as co-curricular activities.

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Service-Learning; Instructional methodologies; active learning; teacher professional development

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Instruction from Service Learning in America to Chinese Higher Education

Guo, Yanli; Gao, Shuli

INFORMATION AND MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING, PT V

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235 226-233

 

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With American higher education, this paper research the theory and the mode of service learning, and discuss three factors influencing the effect of service learning on improving of student’s professional ability. And then explore the enlighten and significance of American service learning to the reform of higher education in China.

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Service Learning; Higher Education; A Taxonomy of Significant Learning; America

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Service Research and Service Learning: Developing collaborative research and education between a university and a nonprofit

Osterwood, Kristen; Landis, Amy E.; Monnell, Jason Douglas; Koch, Chris; Copeland, Maureen

2011 ASEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXPOSITION

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The principles of service-learning are expanded to create a model of service-research that is employed in a collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and a Pittsburgh nonprofit, GTECH Strategies. Service-learning is a well known strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction to enrich the learning experience by providing practical experience, to teach civic responsibility, and to strengthen connections with communities. We define service-research in a similar manner: research that integrates meaningful community service with research activities to enrich the learning experience of the service partner as well as the researchers. GTECH (Growth Through Energy and Community Health) Strategies is a nonprofit dedicated to fostering community and growing the green economy through creative community revitalization. GTECH Strategies nurtures community growth through green job creation and the elimination of blight, specifically through growing biofuels on abandoned lots within the city of Pittsburgh. Dr. Landis’ research team at Pitt is exploring the potential to utilize marginal lands for biofuel production and are evaluating the comparative environmental impacts of biofuels grown on marginal lands with other fuels. Naturally, a mutually beneficial research collaboration was formed. This paper describes a service-learning and service-research collaboration between the University of Pittsburgh and nonprofit GTECH Strategies. Through our collaboration, we employ service learning at multiple scales (involving communities, high schools, college students, and professors) as well as integrate research into service projects with the aim of increasing community awareness of research and higher education. Based on findings from evaluating our collaboration and student participation, we discuss a model of service-research for graduate programs.

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SERVICE-LEARNING IN THE UNIVERSITY: AN EXPERIENCE WITH INTERDISCIPLINARY GROUPS

Francisco Amat, Andrea; Moliner Miravet, Lidon

INTED2011: 5TH INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

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4318-4322

 

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Spanish Spain

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Our education system, embedded in the information and knowledge society, requires new forms of teaching which respond to the demands of the current social situation. As the Delors Report (1996) points out, learning to know is not enough, and must be complemented with learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be. Within this context, European universities are about to complete the design of the new undergraduate and master’s degrees, for which a new model conceptualised as Competence-Based Learning has been applied. The new programs must also incorporate key educational elements that promote the education of all people for global citizenship, rather than proposals focused on a specialised educational field (e. g. postgraduate courses, congresses, singular actions) or aimed at a specific group of professionals. In this vein, Service-Learning (SL) is conceived as a proposal for working which opens up the education system to the community and which combines curriculum-based learning and voluntary service for the community. This methodology allows the education system to be open to its social environment, and enables students to discover the reality beyond the daily activity of their classrooms. The aim of this paper is to present a joint project carried out within the framework of several subject courses on the Teacher Training, Psychopedagogy and Audiovisual Communication degrees taught at the Universitat Jaume I of Castello (Spain). SL was used as the methodological learning approach. By reporting the experience of an interdisciplinary group of students, we aim to disseminate a successful practice which develops various basic competencies and coordinates different areas of knowledge towards a common goal: to built a critical and committed citizenship.

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Service-Learning; Citizenship; Community

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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

 

Language Country
English Other

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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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AC 2012-4549: EARLY ENGINEERING THROUGH SERVICE-LEARNING: ADAPTING A UNIVERSITY MODEL TO HIGH SCHOOL

Oakes, William C.; Dexter, Pamela; Hunter, Jane; Baygents, James C.; Thompson, Michael Gerard

2012 ASEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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The challenges of this next century require a new generation of engineering talent. In the United States, interest in engineering has remained flat and many groups within remain underrepresented relative to the overall population, specifically women and ethnic minorities. Attracting the next generation of diverse engineers requires a diverse set of pre-college experiences to connect diverse pathways leading to an engineering degree. One exciting approach is the use of service-learning to expose students to design and engineering. Servicelearning has been well established in many disciplines with positive impacts on interest, motivation, student satisfaction, personal success, desire, and retention of students who participated in service-learning projects. Service-learning is pedagogically consistent with literature on the recruitment and retention of women and other underrepresented groups in science and engineering. These benefits have been studied at the higher education level and show promise for pre-college as well. Service-learning connected to engineering also has an enormous potential for capitalizing on the wave of interest in community engagement among teenagers nationally. Connecting service to our community with engineering aligns perfectly with the National Academy’s Changing the Conversation. This paper describes the adaptation of a successful university model to high school having been disseminated to more than 50 schools in 10 states. This paper highlights high school programs that have been integrated into the school day and are supported by a large Midwestern university and two large Southwestern universities. Example projects are described as well as the academic structure and teacher training processes. Demographic data shows that the model is attracting more female students and students from groups traditionally underrepresented in engineering. Data also shows that students are becoming more interested in engineering as a result of their experience in the service-learning programs.

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COMMUNITY-SERVICE

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HOW SERVICE-LEARNING ENHANCES ACTIVE AND COLLABORATIVE LEARNING WHILE PROVIDING A FOUNDATION FOR LIFE-LONG LEARNING. TWO CASE STUDIES FROM A LIBERAL ARTS UNIVERSITY IN AN INTERNATIONAL CITY

Faletta, Jean-Philippe; Garcia-Contreras, Rogelio; Krustchinsky, Rick

5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (ICERI 2012)

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4349-4355

 

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Service-learning as a pedagogical tool is now in widespread use not only in the United States but around the world. At the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic comprehensive liberal arts institution in Houston, Texas USA, the concept of service-learning has taken hold over the last decade focusing with equal emphasis on local and global projects. First, the paper gives a brief overview of the UST’s service-learning program, its philosophy, goals and pedagogical objectives. Then, the paper offers a detailed account of two active experiential learning projects: A micro-credit project in Lilongwe, Malawi, as part of the University’s Social Entrepreneurship Program; and the School of Education’s Lemonade Day program, a project at a local Houston elementary school. Addressing the focus of the conference, emphasis will be placed on life-long learning, collaborative learning and the central place these two factors have in the foundation of an undergraduate education at a liberal arts institution of higher education. The paper will highlight as well the main obstacles and challenges UST programs have faced as an attempt to help other institutions of higher education implement service-learning programs all around the world.

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Service Learning: Transforming Students, Communities and Universities

Sandaran, Shanti C.

8TH INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES (LSP) SEMINAR – ALIGNING THEORETICAL KNOWLEDGE WITH PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

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Service Learning uses community service as the vehicle for the achievement of specific academic goals and objectives. This paper is the first in a series of papers, dedicated to research and practice of service learning in institutions of higher learning in Malaysia. In this paper, I introduce the concept of Service Learning by looking back at thirty years of research and practice of SL to revisit some of its basic principles. Taking into consideration, the early developments of SL in Malaysia, this paper concludes with views on why tertiary institutions in Malaysia would greatly benefit by incorporating SL into their courses. (C) 2012 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of the LSP 2012 Committee, Language Academy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

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Service Learning; tertiary education; experiential learning; reflection

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CREATING FUTURE-FIT LEADERS: TOWARDS FORMALISING SERVICE LEARNING IN UNIVERSITY PROGRAMMES

Taylor, Susanne; Spowart, Jane

EDULEARN14: 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND NEW LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES

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1813-1819

 

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Service learning as a form of experiential learning has become a more common component in higher education in South Africa. The aims of service learning (SL) may be briefly stated as engendering a sense of civic responsibility in students prior to their entering the world of employment. SL is, by definition, a mutually beneficial arrangement, during which both parties derive benefit and contribute to the exchange of learning. SL is a formal component of qualifications and, as such requires that suitable SL placements in community settings are identified. This necessitates that partnering agreements are concluded, that both the student and community hosts are prepared for the SL and that assessment and feedback occurs. The Faculty of Management at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa prides itself on educating future-fit leaders. This is accomplished by excellent academic programme offerings, many of which have work integrated learning components that allow students to complement the classroom theory learnt with authentic supervised and assessed workplace experience. The focus of SL, however, is to ensure that students understand the society that they will be working in and entrenching a sense of civic mindedness. As SL sites are not always readily available and as the universities need to ensure placement opportunities for all students in a programme with a formal SL component, this paper will propose that a phased-in approach to SL in the Faculty is pursued, exploring the notion of working via the international association ENACTUS (the acronym derived from Entrepreneurial, ACtion and US) to establish linkages that would lead to formalisation of partnership arrangements. ENACTUS describes itself as ‘a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.’Participation in ENACTUS is voluntary and is not linked to any formal academic programme credit. It is anticipated that such an approach will result in a win-win situation both for the ENACTUS students at the University of Johannesburg and then the Faculty of Management specifically as it builds a potential SL partner base. The Faculty offers a wide range of programmes, including Hospitality Management, Tourism, Information Technology, Human Resource Management, various Management programmes, as well as Entrepreneurship. These programmes are well-suited to support the ENACTUS project as it enables students from across disciplines to work and learn together-and make a difference to the lives of others. An ENACTUS-UJ and Faculty of Management partnership will thus be mutually beneficial, serving as a springboard for the introduction of SL in the various academic programmes, thus making this a formal and credit-bearing study component in the Faculty. Communities that benefit from ENACTUS programmes will then have sustained support and move from being recipients of service to partners in the learning process of student. The paper will explain the concepts community engagement and community service, contrasting these with an overview of the theory of experiential education of which SL is a form. Taking the approach of community engagement, specifically via ENACTUS is proposed as a springboard to more sustained SL in the Faculty of Management at the University of Johannesburg, with mutual reciprocity and benefit to the university, its students and the community.

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Service learning; community engagement; experiential education; pedagogic innovation

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THE EFFECT OF SERVICE-LEARNING ON CHINESE COLLEGE STUDENTS’ ATTITUDE TOWARD CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Wang, C.; Guo, F. F.

6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (ICERI 2013)

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2968-2968

 

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service-learning; children with special educational needs; attitude change

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SERVICE-LEARNING IN THE UNIVERSITY: BUILDING CITIZENSHIP

Francisco Amat, Andrea; Moliner Miravet, Lidon

6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (ICERI 2013)

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
5653-5661

 

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Spanish Spain

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Service-Learning ( SL) is a proposal based on service for the community and learning/knowledge acquisition combined in a single well articulated project. It is an up-to-date methodology, but it involves elements that are familiar to everybody such as voluntary service and the transmission of knowledge and values. This paper describes an educational innovation experience of SL developed at the Universitat Jaume I of Castello ( Spain) during the academic year 2009/2010. The initiative, which was carried out by an interdisciplinary team teaching the Infant and Primary Teacher Training, Educational Psychology and Audiovisual Communication degrees, sought to raise critical awareness and active citizenship among members of the University community. The aspects that most caught the students’ attention were autonomy and connection with practice. The teachers involved in the project have since changed their education practices to place the student at the heart of the course programmes.

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service learning; higher education; cititzenship; participation; community

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SERVICE-LEARNING IN COMPUTER SCIENCE: LEARNING THROUGH SOCIAL ACTION IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Pueyo, J.; Montero, C.; Penalba, O.

EDULEARN13: 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND NEW LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES

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2507-2512

 

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Spanish Spain

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In this paper we present a successful experience of using service-learning with first level undergraduate students in Computer Science. In the context of Operating Systems, students work in groups to install and configure a collection of personal computers recently discarded by our higher education institution. The task goal is to make these systems run with free software, turning old computers into functional devices that will be then donated to a non-profit organization or directly to end-users with less economical resources. The experience is being evaluated in two aspects: the competency level showed by students after completing the task, and their motivation and subjective learning experience. This evaluation is intended to show the positive effect of service-learning in the context of formal education.

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service-learning; social responsibility; computer science

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A Study on College Students’ Reflection on Service-Learning Activity

Liao, Sulien

2014 4TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCE (ICASS 2014), PT 4

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54 148-153

 

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Students are the subjects of service-learning. Students may have different motives of participating in service-learning activities. The value of service-learning lies in students’ experience and the transformation of experiences into knowledge. At first, this study discusses the definition, development, and practice of service-learning. And then it explores college students’ reflection on service-learning activity by analyzing the qualitative material collected from the feedback of students after they finished a service-learning activity. The findings show that (1) students care more about the people and the society after they participate in service-learning activity, (2) students feel the happiness of helping others, (3) students’ communication skills, their ability to control time and to organize events are also improved, and (4) most of the students are willing to part in future service-learning activities.

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EPICS High and Xavier College Prep Service-Learning Partnership

Mambrino, Janet; Hart, Mindy

2014 ASEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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E-SERVICE LEARNING PROJECTS IN A COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECT MODULE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA

Jordaan, Martina

EDULEARN14: 6TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND NEW LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES

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6205-6210

 

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Higher education institutions in South Africa are established with the purpose of becoming involved in the social, economic and cultural fabric of the community. The most popular way to do so is through service learning where social responsibility and awareness of community are incorporated into the curriculum. The incorporation of service learning through E-service learning is a new field in South Africa. E-service learning occurs when the instructional component, the service component, or both are conducted online. E-service learning releases service learning from place-based access or geographical constraints and enable communities to engage in a service learning activity in which they otherwise may have been unable to participate. In the compulsory undergraduate module, namely the Community-Based Project module of the Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology at the University of Pretoria, more than 1700 students are enrolled in the module and work on more than 590 projects with more than 400 different community partners annually. The module follows a blended format where the instruction part is offered partially online. The service part of the module varies. Some of the services are provided fully on-site, some both partially online and partially on-site and some fully online. Partially online and partially on-site projects include website design for schools and non-profit organisations, and creating applications for cellphones whereas fully online projects include educational YouTube videos and a mathematics project on MXit. Students find these projects very rewarding as they can use their already specialised acquired skills to address community needs. The paper will discuss the module and the successful execution of the various e-service learning projects in the module.

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Service learning; E-service learning; e- and m-learning; higher education institutions; Information Technology; MXit; computer training

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SERVICE-LEARNING AS THE ENABLING COMPONENT FOR DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL BASIC COMPETENCES AT THE UNIVERSITY

Arco-Tirado, Jose L.; Fernandez-Martin, Francisco D.; Torres-Marin, Jorge

ICERI2014: 7TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

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2886-2894

 

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Spanish Spain

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The purpose of this study was to identify the potential benefits of a cross-age peer mentoring service-learning program on professional basic competencies development (occupational orientation: achievement motivation, power motivation and leadership motivation; occupational behavior: conscientiousness, flexibility and action orientation; social competencies: social sensitivity, openness to contact, sociability, team orientation and assertiveness; psychological constitution: emotional stability, working under pressure and self-confidence) of university’s student. The sample was composed by 37 students (mentors) from the Degree of Primary Education Teacher Training at the University of Granada (Spain). The dependent variable ‘professional basic competencies’ was measured by the Business-focused Inventory of Personality [1]. After selecting and building ad hoc the necessary materials to gather all demographic and academic relevant information from the sample, mentors were paired up and then assigned to their mentees (with their teachers and families). The intervention consisted of 213 mentoring sessions with the mentees, 30 coordination sessions with the teachers, and 40 sessions of psycho-pedagogical training with the families. Mentors received a four hours training session on mentoring skills, knowledge, tasks, rights and duties before proceeding to implement the weekly 90-minutes mentoring session scheduled in the last two thirds of the school year. They had to report after each session by completing an ad hoc online questionnaire as well as regularly monitored by the program’s coordinators to check for potential program inconsistencies or diversions. The results show significant pre-post differences in mentors’ scores in some professional basic competencies measured by a standardized test but not in others. Some recommendations are provided to improve higher education competency based instruction methodology.

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Service-learning; Peer-mentoring; Professional Basic Competencies; Higher Education

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IMPLEMENTING SERVICE LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION: A COMMUNITY INVESTING PROJECT

Angeles Fernandez-Izquierdo, Mara; Jesus Munoz-Torres, Maria; Maria Rivera-Lirio, Juana; Ferrero-Ferrero, Idoya; Belles-Colomer, Lucia; Escrig-Olmedo, Elena

EDULEARN15: 7TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND NEW LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES

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2389-2393

 

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Spanish Spain

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The new European Higher Education Area (EHEA) has promoted the use of active teaching and learning methods for education. In this context, the service-learning is considered as a fundamental student-centred method to develop academic skills and knowledge in order to address real-life needs in the community. It represents a potentially powerful pedagogy form because it provides a way to link the academic with the practical. The main objective of this research is to present an experience in higher education where students have created a community investment vehicle to their local community applying sustainable finance concepts and implementing learning methodologies, such as service learning. As a result, the students have developed critical reflection and they have enhanced their skills to solve real problems. This learning experience has presented the service-learning as a creative, innovative and effective tool in training practice for students of higher education, and as an opportunity to increase the students’ motivation and their comprehension of sustainable finance.

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Learning experiences in higher education; service-learning; sustainability investing; community investing

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ACADEMIC SERVICE LEARNING ENHANCES CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY IN FIRST YEAR COLLEGE STUDENTS

Dono-Koulouris, Marilyn

INTED2015: 9TH INTERNATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

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6642-6647

 

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During the fall 2014 semester the author conducted a study to observe the overall reflective responses by the incoming freshmen class within a core course noting their perceived learning through their out-of-class academic service learning experience while observing the benefits of the required course component. Research has shown that the benefits of academic service learning relates to student achievement, global awareness, reduction of cultural and racial stereotypes, increased social responsibility and citizenship skills, with a positive effect on service commitments, and development of problem analysis and critical thinking which fosters deeper learning. The findings show through the use of reflective journals and reflective questions about their service experience that there was significant learning and critical thinking taking place. Through experiential educational principles students were allowed the opportunity to become immersed in their education through the field experiences, as well as, peer discussions in the classroom allowing them to think critically and observe their own way of thinking about the people they were serving. A culmination of these experiences fostered a greater understanding of the course and its requirements with an overall higher level of achievement.

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Academic Service Learning

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Service Learning in America and Analyse It’s Value for National High Education for Nationalities

Jiao, Feng; Yong, Ke-qin

2015 International Conference on Education Research and Reform (ERR 2015), Pt 2

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9 8-12

 

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As a learning model, service learning be charged with multiple educational functions and make the rapid development in America. Article shows characteristics and superiority of service learning, and considered that service learning can meet the demand of national high education for its partialness, realness and compatibility. Service learning have unique value to minority student to develop their civic awareness, national consciousness, practical ability, spirit of innovation and teamwork ability. service learning should be realize and utilize at our national high education.

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Service learning; National high education

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CHALLENGES IN INTRODUCING SERVICE-LEARNING: CAN INSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION AND REWARDS PROMOTE INCLUSION OF SERVICE LEARNING PEDAGOGY IN HIGHER EDUCATION?

Jani, Vibhavari; Wilgers, Dustin; Gleichsner, Jean; Rude, Chyrel

EDULEARN16: 8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND NEW LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES

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989-998

 

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Faculty members employed at institutions of higher-learning in the United States are generally criticized for not actively engaging with the community they serve. This criticism does not take into consideration how many roles a faculty member plays including that of an educator, researcher, counselor, and adviser. These responsibilities are considered part of a faculty member’s work load based on each academic institution’s focus: May that be teaching, research and/or service activities. Since each institution’s focus varies, greater emphasis may be placed on teaching or research while service activities receive a lower priority. Given these differing priorities, the tenure and promotion guidelines at each institution can vary, and a faculty member can be evaluated differently based on their teaching, research and service loads. Thus promotion of “service-learning pedagogy” becomes difficult. Can institutional recognition and rewards promote inclusion of “service-learning pedagogy” in higher education? The purpose of this paper is to share the outcomes of a research project conducted by Kansas Campus Compact (KSCC) Faculty Fellows located at four different institutions of higher education in Kansas to understand the above question and the current situation of engaged pedagogy in Kansas. These KSCC Engaged Fellows adopted quantitative research method for this research. They started their research by conducting literature reviews(1). Based on this findings, they developed a survey instrument that was then distributed online to Kansas Campus Compact (KCC) member and nonmember institutions. The survey questions were posed to understand how their service-learning activities are promoted and supported at Kansas institutions of higher learning. The KSCC Faculty Fellows wanted to also understand if there is a clear understanding between faculty and administrators about how their institutions support promotion of service-learning, and if the faculty members are offered training about this pedagogy. The Fellows also wanted to know if faculty members are evaluated for tenure and promotion based on these activities and inclusion of service-learning pedagogy in their teaching. In this paper, authors discuss their survey results and implications for institutions wishing to enhance service-learning pedagogy among faculty.

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Higher Education; Service-learning Pedagogy; Tenure Evaluation; Promotion; Scholarship of Engagement; Introduction

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Practice Research on Service Learning Blending into Basic Courses of College English

Wang, Lingchao

PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2016 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ECONOMICS, SOCIAL SCIENCE, ARTS, EDUCATION AND MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING (ESSAEME)

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71 718-721

 

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“Service learning” is a practice education concept, combining resources of school and society, based on academic and social service tasks. This learning concept and form can effectively meet the actual needs of college English curriculum, and effectively promote the development of urban universities to make sure it can provide better support to the economy in the service area. Service learning of basic English courses of city university, combining knowledge and models of learning foundation, higher pedagogy and applied linguistics, can cultivate more high standard professional business English talents for society, thereby strengthening utility of city university organization and building “town – scholars” mutual integration mode.

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service learning; business English; personnel training; city university

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Impact of a Service Learning Program to the University and the Community

Latib, Azian Abdul; Amin, Nor Fadila; Saud, Muhammad Sukri; Kamin, Yusri

ADVANCED SCIENCE LETTERS

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23 1 596-599 DOI: 10.1166/asl.2017.7268

 

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Service Learning (SL) is a community-based learning approach which is intended to empower student skills and attitudes, foster civic responsibility and contribute to the benefit of the community. It is believed that SL programs can benefit institutions, especially towards social change in society. This study was conducted to explore the impact of SL on the universities and society in Johor. This study utilized a qualitative research design, where interviews were conducted to gather respondents’ feedback. A total number of 18 respondents were selected out of which eight were instructors from Higher Education Institution and ten were people from the community who had participated in a SL program. Content analysis was used to analyze the transcribed data collected through interviews. The findings show that SL played a significant role towards students’ skills development, especially in communication, leadership and other soft skills. Apart from enhancing students’ skills development, SL also helped to increase positive images of the universities and, at the same time, to show the universities’ role as an agent for social change. As for society, the benefits that people could gain from SL were related to technology transfer, expertise and socio-economic improvement.

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Service Learning; Learning Approach; Community Service; Employability Skills; Higher Education Institution

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HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign through Sports in Yangon: The Pioneering Service-Learning Program of Dagon University, Myanmar

Aye Tun, Aye; Del Carmen, Allen V.

6TH ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON SERVICE-LEARNING (APRCSL 2017) – EDUCATING THE HEART: NURTURING A FRUITFUL LIFE THROUGH SERVICE-LEARNING

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59 DOI: 10.1051/shsconf/20185901004

 

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Rapid sports programs and activities have served as an avenue to unify people of diverse backgrounds and persuasions. More than promoting national or local pride and contributing to friendship, sportsmanship and social unity, sports also serves as a tool to popularize certain advocacies. Dagon University in Myanmar took advantage of this value of sports when it implemented. “Playing Football, Learning HIV AIDS”, “A Football for Development” program, a pioneering Servic-Learning Program focused on utilizing football training activities as a tool for social action through HIV/AIDS information and education campaign for school children in 2015. In a country where about 220 000 people are living with HIV/AIDS, including 77 000 women, sports can be used for social action to increase awareness. This paper looks into the pioneering effort of the university and how sport for social action can be expanded to further promote peace and development.

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HIV/AIDS awareness; sports in service learning; Yangon

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MOTOR GAME AND CORPORAL EXPRESSION AS TOOLS FOR LEARNING IN INNOVA+3. UNIVERSITY SERVICE-LEARNING EXPERIENCE

Gil Gomez, Jesus; Marave-Vivas, Maria

10TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (ICERI2017)

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5364-5367

 

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English Spain

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The economic and financial crisis has exposed another crisis: that of values; values such as irresponsibility, greed and the lack of solidarity that have led to a severe deterioration in coexistence and civic and social awareness. We have to redirect our actions to foster values that result in responsible and fair attitudes and behaviours of solidarity for society to benefit as a whole. This is where education faces an enormous challenge; and those proposals and educational projects that aim to promote the education of people committed to the world in which they live in and a broad sense of citizenship take on vital importance. This is the best way for a new and just society, intolerant of injustice, to flourish. In this line we present the INNOVA+3 project for the training of teachers, which in this sense acts on the training of future primary education teachers, attempting to develop solid ethical and moral foundations in university students, which are capable of providing new generations with a new social model. The operation of INNOVA+3 has led to the implementation of Service-Learning (SL) projects such as a teaching-learning methodology, providing a service to elderly (alpha and new-reader groups) users of Adult Training Centres (CFPA) in the province of Castellon (Spain). Its main feature has been to use motor games and corporal expression as tools for learning, used in the implementation of SL projects. It pursues adequate academic and personal learning as the setting for the identity of future teachers in the line of promoting social change.

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Service-Learning; Experiential Methodologies; Motor Game; Corporal Expression

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Nutrition Intervention as Service Learning: Silliman University’s Indigenous Food Security in Philippine High Risk Calamity Areas

Aclaro-Naranjo, Michele; Mana-ay, Mana-ay, Alvyn Klein Alpuerto; Honculada-Genove, Jin; Entea, Ruth Ann Sumili

6TH ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON SERVICE-LEARNING (APRCSL 2017) – EDUCATING THE HEART: NURTURING A FRUITFUL LIFE THROUGH SERVICE-LEARNING

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59 DOI: 10.1051/shsconf/20185901020

 

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Hunger is a major concern in times of disaster and it can result in malnutrition. Hence, food becomes the most important immediate need in times of disaster. As a result of climate change, the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone areas in the world. Disaster preparedness is a challenge that everyone in the Philippines must address. A collaborative effort between Silliman University Nutrition and Dietetics Department-through Service-Learning and the local government units became a means to reduce social inequalities in disastrous situations. The goal of this project was to immerse students in a community to prepare selected community members to cope with emergency nutritional needs, and to teach them food preservation techniques using available indigenous foods. The program carried out lectures on nutrition education and calamity awareness. These included seminars, workshops, cooking demonstrations and backyard gardening, food preservation for consumption during calamities was the major activity of this project. The community members were taught how to nourish themselves within 48 h during disasters using the skills they learned. This project contributed to students. whole person education through service-learning by developing in them the values of empathy, concern to others, volunteerism, and strong community engagement with local government units.

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Calamity; disaster; food preservation; food security; indigenous foods; nutrition intervention; service-learning

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SERVICE-LEARNING AND THE ASSESSMENT OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION BY EXTERNAL PARTNERS

Baena, Veronica; Pinto, Antonio; Jimenez, Miriam

9TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EDUCATION AND NEW LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES (EDULEARN17)

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Undergraduates often find their learning process too theoretical, so they demand a bigger amount of practical training to develop the competences that will be required from them once they enter the job market. The situation is especially clear in the BSC Degree in Education, because future teachers need to test their ability to deal with children before they finish their University studies. Among the competences that society expects them to show in their career, social responsibility plays an essential role. That is why, in order to work on that competence, we conceived a project based on Service-Learning methodology. Firstly, we contacted the NGO Save the Children, and we agreed to collaborate with them, providing them with didactic proposals for their project “Solidary Race”. After that, we organized our pupils in groups of four-five people, and every group had to create a didactic proposal for the “Solidary Race” that the NGO could use with the schools that collaborate with it. Finally, the NGO’s voluntary workers came to the oral presentation of our students’ projects and evaluated them, too, determining whether they had worked on elements linked to social responsibility or not. In this paper, we present the project’s different stages and we sum up our conclusions, considering the results showed by the pupils’ final mark, as well as the NGO’s evaluation of the experience.

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Co-evaluation; Competences; External Partners; Rubrics; Service-Learning; Social Responsibility

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Assessment of Service Learning in Higher Education at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Bin Hassan, Zainudin; Janius, Naldo; Atan, Noor Azean; Idris, Mirna Danianti Binti

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24 1 30-33 DOI: 10.1166/asl.2018.11910

 

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The timing of this specific assessment should be based on in-depth research about the information that may be obtained in order to improve the program. The most effective method of collecting data should be emphasized because the right method will produce relevant data, which can be adopted by the organization. Data collection methods such as interviews, checklists, document analysis and workplace observations in different forms or perspectives. Based on the research findings, there are four form of criteria consist in assessment in service learning such as the assessor, the aspects of assessment and how to carry out the assessment and assessment also plays an important role in shaping curricula, thus assessments must show that local Service learning efforts enhance locally specified student learning outcomes. This research was qualitative and conducted in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

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Assessment; Service Learning; Guidelines

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International Service Learning Initiatives: A Case Study on Strategic Collaboration Between University and Community in Malaysia and Indonesia

Hashim, Shahrin; Abu Bakar, Zainudin

ADVANCED SCIENCE LETTERS

Volume Issue Pages DOI / ISBN / ISSN
24 1 190-192 DOI: 10.1166/asl.2018.11955

 

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Abstract: 

International Service Learning gives an opportunity to students in a university the chance to learn and practise how the integration of theory and practice should be considered. This article portrays the general experience of the mutual strategic collaboration and synergy in the International Service Learning Initiative Programme conducted by the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) of Malaysia and the University Technology of Yogyakarta (UTY) of Indonesia. 20 students from UTM and 20 students for UTY were involved in the initiatives. The location of the programme was in Kota Tinggi, a small town in the state of Johore, Malaysia. They spent two weeks staying with their adopted families engaging various service learning activities such as physical activities, knowledge sharing and related services. It was found that the initiatives succeeded in creating new cross-cultural experiences and developing the students’ skills regarding community engagement. The opportunity for exploring practical-based experiences through societal engagement was regarded as the most benefits of the programme by both participants. However, parallel with the previous findings, it is imperative that the data from the community must also be acquired in order to fully understand the effectiveness of the student’s learning through the programme. Hence, several suggestions to improve data collection methods have been suggested in order to portray the complete study regarding the effectiveness of the international service learning programme.

Keywords: 

International Service Learning; Theory and Practice; University; Community; Personal Reflection

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