ERIC Number: EJ1022017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
Implementing Quality Service-Learning Programs in Community Colleges
Vaknin, Lauren Weiner; Bresciani, Marilee J.
Community College Journal of Research and Practice, v37 n12 p979-989 2013
This cross-case comparative study at Western Community College and the University of the Coast explored through a constructive lens the characteristics that lead to sustainable, high quality service-learning programs and how they are implemented at institutions of higher education. The researchers determined that both Western Community College and the University of the Coast (a) have diverse collaborative partnerships that promote excellent communication between all of the entities, (b) offer a wide variety of service-learning courses to connect curricular and cocurricular experiences, (c) have a stable funding base, (d) provide the necessary resources, (e) have continuity in staffing, and (f) incorporate feedback and assessment into their respective service-learning programs. The findings from this study, based on one-on-one interviews, focus groups, observations, and document analysis, serve as a model on how to create quality and sustainable service-learning programs that combine academic scholarship, off-campus learning discoveries, reflection, civic engagement, and meaningful community service. The research may be applicable for educators at community colleges at various stages in developing service-learning programs, or who are transforming faltering programs, trying to make them sustainable.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Service Learning, Program Implementation, Sustainability, Partnerships in Education, Institutional Characteristics, Comparative Analysis, Interviews, Focus Groups, Observation, Content Analysis, Learning Experience, Articulation (Education), Feedback (Response), Formative Evaluation, Educational Quality, Quality Assurance, Educational Practices
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges; Higher Education
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