ERIC Number: ED368685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Affective Domain Objectives in Volunteer Courses for Postsecondary Teachers.
Sledge, Alinda C.; And Others
Delta State University (Mississippi) encourages the development of the affective domain of its students, including its education majors, through their participation in a course called Volunteering in the Community. This paper reviews the concept of service learning and the findings of a Brevard Community College (Florida) survey concerning students' service learning. The Delta volunteers program is described as a two to three credit course in which students serve at a volunteer site for 30 to 48 hours per semester and attend weekly seminars covering such topics as socioeconomic aspects of the Delta region, the role of the volunteer in helping agencies, social responsibility, and community resources. Students keep a journal reflecting on their experience and give an oral report integrating their experience with lifelong goals and expectations. Responses to a questionnaire by 43 students completing the course indicated that: (1) the volunteer experience confirmed the choice of a major of approximately half the students and had no effect on 40 percent; (2) the most widely cited reasons for joining the volunteer program were desire to help others, course credit, personal development, and career exploration; and (3) students reported improvements in self-confidence, the ability to work and learn independently, insight into their personal strengths and weaknesses, and a sense of personal achievement. Appendices contain a course syllabus and the questionnaire. (Contains 25 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Community Programs, Continuing Education Units, Credit Courses, Education Majors, Higher Education, Human Services, Humanitarianism, Preservice Teacher Education, Service Learning, Social Responsibility, State Universities, Student Attitudes, Student Development, Student Educational Objectives, Student Participation, Student Volunteers
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Delta State University MS; Volunteerism
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).