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ERIC Number: EJ1116593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
From Serendipity to Resolve: Graduate Student Motivations to Teach Using Service-Learning
Garrison, Jonathan D.; Jaeger, Audrey J.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v20 n2 p41-52 Spr 2014
With the expansion of service-learning has come a concomitant growth in research related to all the stakeholders involved with this pedagogy--students, faculty, community, and higher education institutions. However, no studies have examined the use of service-learning by a strong segment of college instructors--graduate students. To address the dearth of research on the topic, we draw on self-determination theory and organismic integration theory and use qualitative case study analysis to examine the experiences of graduate student instructors teaching with service-learning at a large Southeastern university. The findings indicate that although their introduction to service-learning was serendipitous and initial use was mostly unintentional and often for extrinsically-motivated reasons, graduate students planned to continue to use service-learning in their teaching for more self-determined reasons as a result of the positive effects they observed on their pedagogy, students, and themselves. Graduate student instructors appear to be an untapped teaching population that can further institutional and national efforts to grow service-learning.
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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