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ERIC Number: ED565939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 201
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-1433-7
College Students' Motivations for Engaging in International Service-Learning
MacHarg, Brian
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Barry University
As the fields of service-learning and international education are joined to form the relatively new pedagogy of international service-learning, this hybrid field requires appropriate measuring of its outcomes and motivations. Numerous studies have looked into the various outcomes of service-learning standing alone from an international experience and vice-versa (Eyler, 2011; Kiely, 2011). This study sought to explore the primary research question which examined college students' motivations for participating in international service-learning. The question and its subset correspond with the theoretical frameworks of Abel (2004), Watson (2004), and Codispoti (2004) who each posited varying views for why individuals and institutions engage in service-learning. The research found that participants attached unique verbiage to the various frameworks and typically maintained a singularity of motivation. Students of Abel's theory expressed motivations that reflected that they were "fortunate," needed to help those of lesser "privilege" and noted their parental or American "advantage". Students of Watson's theory identified the world as filled with "problems," specific or general and viewed "injustice" as "how the world is." Codispoti students sought "understanding," a sense of reciprocity, as well as "humility" and "love" in their motivations for engaging in international service-learning. Implications for college administrators and educators are discussed, most notably the necessity of having faculty encourage their students to more appropriately articulate their motivations or challenge them to consider new points of view. Likewise, the implication for college administrators to consider and understand their institution's mission is presented. [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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