ERIC Number: EJ1150861
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Perspective Transformation through College Summer Service Immersion Programs: Is Learning Enhanced by Sustained Engagement?
Hudson, Tara D.; Serra, Susan; Shappell, Andrea Smith; Gray-Girton, Angela; Brandenberger, Jay
Journal of College and Character, v18 n3 p171-186 2017
Summer offers the opportunity for sustained community engagement through immersions in summer service-learning programs. A group of 16 colleges and universities that sponsor domestic and international summer service initiatives have formed a Summer Service Collaborative (SSC) to enhance preparation, immersion, and follow-up in light of the unique parameters of summer service-learning. SSC members developed a shared assessment rubric and a pre/post-immersion survey for student participants to evaluate what students learn about poverty, diversity, and civic engagement over the course of summer service-learning experiences. Findings suggest three key areas of student learning and indicate that greater length of engagement coupled with reflection elements create perspective transformation on understanding of social justice for participants.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Poverty, Cultural Differences, Achievement Gains, Pretests Posttests, Student Surveys, Student Characteristics, Citizen Participation, Educational Practices, Achievement Need, Summer Programs, Undergraduate Students, Online Surveys, Statistical Analysis, Scoring Rubrics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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