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ERIC Number: ED546368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 331
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2676-6397-9
Community Engaged Service-Learning: The Effect on University Students and Community Partners
Steele, Susan C.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Idaho
The notion that an ethic of service can be fostered through participation in an academic community engaged service-learning program was the underlying premise for this program evaluation study. The purpose of this program evaluation study, using both quantitative and qualitative measures in a thoughtfully organized setting of university and community, was twofold: To examine the effect of a community engaged service-learning program on both university student participants and community partner participants. Encompassing a global perspective, the design of the study incorporated both quantitative and qualitative research design elements. The quantitative findings were corroborated and more thickly described by the qualitative data. This study took place in a thoughtfully organized setting, at a mid-sized research university in the Pacific Northwest. Issues involved were values driven and community based, familiar to those who are involved in such a community service-learning experience. Based on the body of evidence presented as a result of this robust study and the collective positive results, i.e., instances of significantly significant differences in means through a repeated measures ANOVA (p < 0.05), findings indicated that female university students scored significantly higher than males pre- to post-test for moral orientation "ethic of care" and service-learning awareness/empathy (p < 0.05). Furthermore, service-learning students as a group had statistically significant differences in means for seriousness/intention to serve as well as altruistic service attitude (empathy) (p < 0.05). Adding a qualitative component, university students' leadership identity development was also evaluated; underscoring the impact of such an experience. Analysis of the data strongly suggests that the global impact of the service-learning program was positive and effective in providing a solid community engaged educational experience for all concerned. [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; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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