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ERIC Number: EJ1096816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Affecting Attitudes toward the Poor through Group Process: The Alternative Break Service Trip
Gumpert, Joanne; Kraybill-Greggo, John W.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v10 n3 p109-124 2005
The intensive group process inherent in alternative break service trips offers a unique opportunity to foster transformative learning in undergraduate students. This exploratory study focuses on a two-year project in which graduate students who were professionally educated in group work led undergraduate students in national and international service trips focused on working with the poor. Analysis of triangulated data suggests a significant change in attitudes toward the poor during the service trip. This shift appears to be facilitated through the group process guided by the graduate student group leaders. Specific strategies that promote group development and reflective group interaction are identified. Areas for additional study are suggested. [NOTE: Page numbers shown on the attached PDF (p7-22) are incorrect. The correct page range is p109-124.]
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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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