ERIC Number: EJ1023080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Community Partners' Assessment of Service Learning in an Interpersonal and Small Group Communication Course
Steimel, Sarah J.
Communication Teacher, v27 n4 p241-255 2013
This assessment explored community partners' perceptions of service learning in a required communication course. Semi-structured interviews revealed that community partners believed that students were providing needed and valuable service, students were learning about the community, and students were learning through their application of course skills in an applied context. However, community partners also felt that students were unaware of or did not care what they should be learning, that faculty contact was rare or nonexistent, and that community feedback opportunities were rare and undervalued by faculty. Results suggest specific improvements necessary in service learning assignment design.
Descriptors: Service Learning, College Students, Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Communications, Attitude Measures, Student Role, College Faculty, Feedback (Response), Volunteers, Skill Development, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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