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ERIC Number: ED523213
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 153
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1243-8798-7
Institutionalizing Service-Learning in Faith-Based Colleges and Universities
Amborn, Jennifer; Clark, Yorton, Jr.; Wegley, David
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Saint Louis University
The identification of key elements for effective campus-wide sustainable service-learning programs at faith-based colleges and universities was examined. This qualitative research investigated an extensive range of documents, web sites, and literature to determine the conditions of institutionalization that must be met in conjunction with appropriate practice and commitment to maintain an effective service-learning program. Normative data and best practices, as well as policies, procedures and organizational structures found in the research resulted in the organization of key standards that formulate an evaluation tool incorporating specific indicator guidelines and recommendations to use for enhancing and institutionalizing service-learning. Other works within service-learning were less specific and had fewer indicators without a faith-based component. The tool includes suggestions and feedback from a survey of industry acclaimed experts and practitioners within the service-learning field, as well as a preliminary field study including results of the Data Collection Tool created through its application within a faith-based college or university. This project sought to provide a clear link to an institutions' mission and objectives through theory, standards, and practice. It sought to clarify any existing dissonance between a campus's stated service purpose to their actual programming outcomes and activities. To assist the institution in the assessment process, the created evaluation tool was divided into key standards with indicators that were measured by evidence. It can be utilized as a baseline assessment for ongoing program improvements as well as a practical guide of information to promote change toward a sustainable, fully embedded service-learning program. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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