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ERIC Number: EJ1016537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1812-9129
A Pilot Study of a Criminal Justice Service-Learning Course: The Value of a Multicultural Approach
Hirschinger-Blank, Nancy; Simons, Lori; Finley, Laura; Clearly, Joseph; Thoerig, Michael
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v25 n1 p14-28 2013
This article provides a description and evaluation of a service-learning juvenile justice course designed to broaden university students' attitudes toward diversity issues. Diversity service learning integrates academic learning with community service by providing students with opportunities to learn about social disparities associated with diverse communities. University students participated in service learning with at-risk or justice-involved youth from a predominantly low-income, minority community. The goals of the service-learning course were to broaden university students' multicultural attitudes and to enhance knowledge and skills. Using qualitative analysis, our goal attainment evaluation indicated success in the following areas: the majority of university students experienced a reduction of stereotypes, found learning about differences valuable, developed attitudes for addressing delinquency that were sensitive to the youths' experiences, learned to communicate and interact cross-culturally, and bonded with the service recipients. In some cases, however, the program appeared to reinforce students' stereotypes of the inner city.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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