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ERIC Number: EJ1005305
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Learning Outcomes Assessment: Extrapolating from Study Abroad to International Service-Learning
Rubin, Donald L.; Matthews, Paul H.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v17 n2 p67-86 2013
For international service-learning to thrive, it must document student learning outcomes that accrue to participants. The approaches to international service-learning assessment must be compelling to a variety of stakeholders. Recent large-scale projects in study abroad learning outcomes assessment--including the Georgia Learning Outcomes of Students Studying Abroad Research Initiative (GLOSSARI)--offer precedent from which international service-learning assessment programs may draw. This article outlines five promising practices to guide international service-learning assessment activities: (1) focus on outcomes about learning; (2) employ multiple sources and methods for data collection; (3) invest in compiling credible comparison groups to build the case for a causal relationship between international service-learning and learning; (4) acquire data from multiple and diverse institutions and programs to better generalize and also to warrant conclusions about best program practices; and (5) acquire data from large samples of program participants to provide insights into under-represented groups and program sites.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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