Breaking the barrier: Easing transition into working with communities
Stacie Elder, Associate Professor, Lewis University [elderst@lewisu.edu]
Christine Billups, Instructor & Coordinator of Service Learning, Lewis University [billupch@lewisu.edu]
Robert Nulph, Associate Professor, Lewis University [nulphro@lewisu.edu]

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Keywords: Mixed-methodology, community-partner capacity

Track: Program evaluation and assessment

Format: Poster presentation

Date & time: Friday 3:20-4:30
Location: Salon 4 / Salon 9

Summary:
Since Service Learning at Lewis University is still relatively new, this research gathers data, both qualitative and quantifiable, that reinforces our assertion that service-learning is a vital pedagogical tool that can be transformational for students and faculty alike. The anecdotal input from the reflection tool will put a human voice into the service-learning process. Trends in the quantitative data will reinforce the individual stories and their validity across the data pool. These results will help us to grow the service learning efforts among faculty thus building our community partner capacity and ultimately impacting more students across the curriculum.

This research gathers data, both qualitative and quantitative, that can reinforce the assertion that service-learning is a vital pedagogical tool that can be transformational for students and faculty alike. The anecdotal input from the reflection tool will put a human voice into the service learning process. Trends in the quantitative data will reinforce the individual stories and their validity across the data pool. These results will help us to grow the service learning efforts among faculty thus building our community partner capacity and ultimately impact more students across the curriculum.

References:
Berry, G., & Workman, L. (2007). Broadening student societal awareness through service-learning and civic engagement. Marketing Education Review, 17(3), 21-33.

D'Agostino, M. (2008). Fostering a civically engaged society: The university and service learning. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 14(2), 191-204.

Levesque-Bristol, C., & Stanek, L. (2009). Examining self-determination in a service learning course. Teaching of Psychology, 36, 262-266.

Permaul, J. (2009). Theoretical bases for service learning: Implications for program design and effectiveness. New Horizons in Education, 57(3), 1-8.

Pragman, C., & Flannery, B. (2008). Assessment of service-learning outcomes: Examining the effects of class size, major, service-learning experience and sex. International Journal of Learning, 15(4), 217-224.

Smith, C. (2008). Does service learning promote adult development? Theoretical perspectives and directions for research. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 118, 5-14.


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