Valuing student and community voices in the university : action research as a framework for community service-learning

O'Connor, Erin Leigh, Smith, Judith E., Crane, Philip R., Brough, Dean, Shaw, Natasha, Franz, Jill M., & Larkin, Ingrid K. (2013) Valuing student and community voices in the university : action research as a framework for community service-learning. Action Learning Action Research Journal, 18(2), pp. 123-159.

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Abstract

The Community Service-learning Lab (the Lab) was initiated as a university-wide service-learning experience at an Australian university. The Lab engages students, academics, and key community organisations in interdisciplinary action research projects to support student learning and to explore complex and ongoing problems nominated by the community partners. The current study uses feedback from the first offering of the Lab and focuses on exploring student experiences of the service learning project using an action research framework. Student reflections on this experience have revealed some positive outcomes of the Lab such as an appreciation for positive and strengths-based change. These outcomes are corroborated by collected reflections from community partners and academics. The students also identified challenges balancing the requirements for assessment and their goals to serve the community partner’s needs. This feedback has provided vital information for the academic team, highlighting the difficulties in balancing the agenda of the academic framework and the desire to give students authentic experiences.

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ID Code: 61728
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN
ISSN: 1326-964x
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Social Work not elsewhere classified (160799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 ALARA Association Inc.
Deposited On: 08 Aug 2013 02:35
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:04

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