Amplifying student learning through volunteering: The experiences of students volunteering in a community literature festival

McFadden, Amanda & Smeaton, Kathleen (2016) Amplifying student learning through volunteering: The experiences of students volunteering in a community literature festival. In STARS: Students, Transitions, Achievements, Retention and Success, 29 June - 2 July 2016, Perth, WA.

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Abstract

Student volunteer experiences are ubiquitous within higher education contexts. Despite this, there is further scope for understanding the qualitatively different ways students experience volunteering. To achieve this an explicit focus on understanding student volunteer experiences from their perspective and the relationship these experiences have with student learning is vital. This paper used a phenomenographic research approach to present the experiences of seven students involved in an interdisciplinary volunteer program in a community literature festival. The findings revealed experiences ranging from authentic learning to more sophisticated and amplified student experiences. While all students in this study found volunteering to be beneficial we argue that differentiation of volunteer opportunities for students strengthens the provision for rich student learning through volunteering.

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ID Code: 96548
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Higher Education, Volunteering, Curriculum development, Phenomenography, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified (080799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Vocational Education and Training Curriculum and Pedagogy (130213)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 [Please consult the author]
Deposited On: 05 Jul 2016 22:19
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2016 07:23

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