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ERIC Number: EJ789193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8259
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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