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ERIC Number: ED557432
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 148
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3211-4765-0
Faculty Conceptualizations of Global Service-Learning: Envisioning Change, Doing Damage, and the Role of Identity
Arends, Jessica Hope
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
In higher education, the number of service-based courses and student experiences has increased considerably over the past few years, especially those with the purpose of developing global citizenship skills (Bringle, Hatcher, & Jones, 2010; Hunter, White, & Godbey, 2006). Indeed, advocates claim that service-learning facilitates two long-standing goals of higher education: to prepare students for citizenship and the ability to understand and appreciate other cultures (Bringle et al., 2010). However, much of the service-learning research remains evaluative in order to defend the legitimacy of the practice rather than investigate how the pedagogy works (Billig & Eyler, 2003). Also, while faculty members often drive the design, implementation and assessment of service-learning courses, very few studies on service-learning practitioners in higher education have been conducted. This study found evidence from faculty reflection sessions of how service-learning practitioners at a large mid-Atlantic university conceptualize their service-learning practice conducted both domestically and abroad. Identifying the conceptualizations and understanding the differences among them provides insight into the motivations, theories and goals that inform service-learning practice. Specifically, this study shows that faculty value global service-learning as a method for creating personal and social change, have concerns about negatively affecting students and communities, and that their personal identities shape their service-learning theory. [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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