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ERIC Number: EJ838733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5455
International Service-Learning in South Africa and Personal Change: An Exploratory Content Analysis
Gaines-Hanks, Norma; Grayman, Nyasha
NASPA Journal, v46 n1 p72-93 2009
This qualitative exploratory content analysis examined student perceptions of personal change in conjunction with their participation in an international service-learning program in South Africa. Twelve undergraduate students self-rated the extent to which they agreed that they were affected personally by their service-learning placement experiences. In addition, these students offered written responses to an open-ended question regarding the ways in which their service-learning placements changed them personally. All respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that they had been personally changed. Additionally, content analysis of written responses revealed the emergence of five themes of personal change in connection with service-learning placement experiences: (1) Increased Awareness, (2) Relational Growth, (3) Professional Growth, (4) Increased Gratitude, and (5) Unspecified Change. Relevance of emergent themes to higher education practice and future research are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa