ERIC Number: EJ1045914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Does How Students Serve Matter? What Characteristics of Service Programs Predict Students' Social Justice Attitudes?
Journal of College and Character, v15 n4 p219-233 Nov 2014
Volunteering is often touted as a method to educate college students about social justice by providing students with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting. However, many critics have noted that service does not necessarily lead to social justice outcomes and that some forms of service may reinforce students' negative misconceptions. This analysis estimated the relationship between different service program characteristics and changes in students' attitudes towards social justice. It found that volunteer programs that were more time-intensive, included reflection, and had a social justice orientation exhibited a stronger relationship with students' social justice attitudes than other types of volunteer programs. These findings suggest that college students who participate in these types of programs may develop stronger social justice attitudes than students who volunteer through other types of service programs.
Descriptors: Prediction, Social Justice, Service Learning, Volunteers, Student Attitudes, Misconceptions, Correlation, College Students, Outcomes of Education, Attitude Change, Reflection, Poverty, Predictor Variables, Student Surveys, Factor Analysis, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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