ERIC Number: EJ954420
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 2
Assessing Alternative Breaks: Moving beyond Sleeping on Floors and Pass-the-Candle Reflection
Porter, Melody C.
About Campus, v16 n5 p21-24 Nov-Dec 2011
Alternative breaks (ABs) often bring a smattering of images to mind: college students in matching T-shirts, cramped vans, well-used work gloves, physical labor, and, perhaps, way too much peanut butter. All of these images are at least in part accurate for the AB program at the College of William and Mary. Add to them a strong sense that sending students to partner with communities on diverse service projects for a weekend, a week, or a month creates a powerful experience with a positive impact on students and communities. In this article, the author describes William and Mary's AB program, Branch Out, which has developed learning outcomes, assessment tools, and growing conversations with community partners, all to capture what actually happens when more than 300 students learn about social issues, address those issues through service in a new community, and reflect on their experience. Assessment of the Branch Out provides valuable evidence of the positive impact of sending students out into the world to serve their communities.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Program Effectiveness, College Students, Higher Education, Social Justice, Social Problems, Outcomes of Education, Surveys, Interviews, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia