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ERIC Number: EJ1163947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
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First-Year Student Motivations for Service-Learning: An Exploratory Investigation of Minority Student Perceptions
Pearl, Andrew J.; Christensen, Robert K.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v21 n4 p117-137 2017
As a high-impact educational practice ("Kuh, 2008"), service-learning can have a transformational effect on students, communities, instructors, and higher education institutions. However, despite cautions ("Butin, 2006, p. 481"), student enrollment in service-learning remains overwhelmingly White and female ("Jacoby, 2015"), creating a potential enrollment gap in a pedagogy intended to be inclusive. In this article the authors explore what might cause minority students to pursue service-learning, building on research that suggests that student traits and values impact the awareness of and disposition to enroll in service-learning ("Christensen, Stritch, Kellough, & Brewer, 2015"; "Pearl & Christensen, 2017"). Through qualitative methodology, the authors work to better understand students' traits in relation to their interest and enrollment in service-learning. The findings, relevant to both service-learning theory and practice, suggest the importance of purposeful consideration of how service-learning can truly promote social justice, democratic values, and equality.
Descriptors: Minority Group Students, College Freshmen, Student Motivation, Service Learning, Student Attitudes, Enrollment, Social Justice, Models, Mixed Methods Research, Questioning Techniques, Student Surveys
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Education Level: Higher Education
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