More than experiential learning or volunteering : a case study of community service learning within the Australian context
Parker, Elizabeth A., Myers, Natasha, Higgins, Helen C. , Oddsson , Thorun, Price, Meegan, & Gould, Trish (2009) More than experiential learning or volunteering : a case study of community service learning within the Australian context. Higher Education Research and Development, 28(6), pp. 585-596.
Community service learning is the integration of experiential learning and community service into coursework such that community needs are met and students gain both professional skills and a sense of civic responsibility. A critical component is student reflection. This paper provides an example of the application of community service learning within an undergraduate health unit at the Queensland University of Technology. Based on survey data from 36 program participants, it demonstrates the impact of CSL on student outcomes. Results show that students benefited by developing autonomy through real world experiences, through increased self-assurance and achievement of personal growth, through gaining new insights into the operations of community service organisations and through moving towards becoming responsible citizens. Students expect their CSL experience to have long-lasting impact on their lives, with two-thirds of participants noting that they would like to continue volunteering as part of their future development.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||academic service learning, civic responsibility, community based learning, community engagement, community service learning|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2009 Routledge|
|Deposited On:||15 Jan 2010 08:47|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:04|
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