ERIC Number: EJ881369
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Domestic and International Service Learning Experiences: A Comparative Study of Pre-Service Teacher Outcomes
Miller, Kari Knutson; Gonzalez, Amber M.
Issues in Educational Research, v20 n1 p29-38 2010
This paper examines pre-service teacher outcomes associated with service learning in domestic and international settings. Participants included upper-division, undergraduate-level pre-service teachers who participated in service learning experiences in either local, domestic settings (Orange County, CA) or international settings (Shanghai and Changshu, China). Outcomes initially considered included academic achievement, civic engagement, career goal clarification, and the development of cultural competencies. Pre/post-experience surveys and course reflections were analysed to identify within and between group differences in participant reports. Findings indicated positive outcomes across contexts in respect to academic achievement and opportunities for career goal clarification. The international service learning context appeared to facilitate enhanced outcomes in relation to development of professional skills and strategies as well as personal development. The international service learning context was also generally rated by participants as more "impactful" than the domestic service learning context.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Learning Experience, Comparative Education, Reflection, Pretests Posttests, Group Experience, Program Effectiveness, International Programs, Preservice Teacher Education, Predictor Variables, Cultural Differences, Educational Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; China (Shanghai)