ERIC Number: EJ789193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of a Service-Learning Project: Students' Expectations, Concerns, and Reflections
McClam, Tricia; Diambra, Joel F.; Burton, Bobbie; Fuss, Angie; Fudge, Daniel L.
Journal of Experiential Education, v30 n3 p236-249 Spr 2008
A qualitative analysis of written reflective assignments during a service-learning project at a Southeastern university provide insight into students' learning, as well as a means of assessing the experience for student growth and change. Expectations and concerns of students prior to the project were compared with post-experience reflections to identify changes as a result of their participation. Among student concerns were building relationships and rapport, confidence, and skills; expectations included practical experience, translation of theory to practice, skill development, and career confirmation. Six post-experience themes resulted from analysis: client change, student feelings, student learning, activities/structure, relationship issues, and metaphors. A comparison of pre- and post-analyses support the value of service-learning for career confirmation, the development of professionalism, personal growth, and self-reflection.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Service Learning, Skill Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Objectives, Educational Benefits, College Students, Writing Assignments, Learning Experience, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Evaluation Methods
Association for Experiential Education. 3775 Iris Avenue Suite 4, Boulder, CO 80301. Tel: 866-522-8337; Fax: 303-440-9581; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.aee.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A