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ERIC Number: EJ871292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8259
The Impact of Immersion Trips on Development of Compassion among College Students
Plante, Thomas G.; Lackey, Katy; Hwang, Jeong Yeon
Journal of Experiential Education, v32 n1 p28-43 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine the possible enhancement of compassion in college students as a result of participating in community-based learning immersion trips. In two separate experiments, a total of 123 college students were given a series of questionnaires immediately before and after university-sponsored immersion experiences to measure compassion and related constructs. In Experiment I, 19 participants on college immersion trips as well as 20 comparison students not attending immersion trips were evaluated. In Experiment II, the same questionnaires were administered to 45 immersion participants and 39 comparison students. Results of Experiment I suggest that immersion participants had higher posttrip empathy scores and less stress. In Experiment II, results indicate a significant increase in compassion scores among students who participated in an immersion experience compared to those who did not. Because community-based learning seeks to increase student and community engagement and connection to those in greatest need, it is likely that compassion and related constructs such as empathy are nurtured through these now popular experiential learning opportunities. (Contains 10 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana; Mexico
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Interpersonal Reactivity Index