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ERIC Number: EJ1139286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1541-3446
Pathways of Transformational Service Learning: Exploring the Relationships between Context, Disorienting Dilemmas, and Student Response
Shor, Rachel; Cattaneo, Lauren; Calton, Jenna
Journal of Transformative Education, v15 n2 p156-173 Apr 2017
This study extended research on transformational service learning by examining the impact that a community placement context can have on college students' transformational processes. Kiely's "Transformational Service-Learning Process Model" was used as a framework to better understand how context, dissonance, and student reactions are interrelated. Using the consensual qualitative research method of qualitative analysis, we examined 43 essays written by students in a service-learning course that focused on the development and maintenance of poverty in the United States. The essays described an experience the students found to be "eye-opening." Our findings suggest that context of the community placement (i.e., job responsibilities and service location) shapes the types of disorienting dilemmas students identify and the reactions they report; working inside (e.g., shelter) and outside of a community placement may produce different transformational paths. These findings have implications for educators and researchers and highlight several different potential pathways of transformation within Kiely's general framework.
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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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