ERIC Number: EJ876073
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
Service-Learning: Thinking outside the Box
Deeley, Susan J.
Active Learning in Higher Education, v11 n1 p43-53 2010
Service-learning is a form of experiential learning that combines academic coursework with voluntary service in the community. There is a dearth of critical analysis of the effects of service-learning. To address this issue, this practitioner research aimed to explore and understand its effects. An inductive approach, using qualitative and grounded theory methods, was used. Twelve semi-structured, in-depth individual interviews and two focus groups, one held at the beginning and the other at the end of the students' service placement, were conducted. Sequential and comparative analysis was made of the data gathered from various sources related to the course. The study demonstrates how intellectual and personal development can occur through service-learning. It also highlights potentially negative effects, but suggests that, overall, service-learning is potentially conducive to students' transformation.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Focus Groups, Experiential Learning, Comparative Analysis, Student Attitudes, Interviews, Student Development, College Students, Foreign Countries, School Community Relationship, Social Attitudes, Intellectual Development, Attitude Change, Class Size, Small Classes, Transformative Learning
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)