The benefits and challenges of implementing service-learning in an advanced instructional design and technology curricula: implications for teaching professional courses

Yusop, F.D. (2013) The benefits and challenges of implementing service-learning in an advanced instructional design and technology curricula: implications for teaching professional courses. The New Educational Review.

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Abstract

This paper reports on the benefits and challenges of integrating service-learning pedagogy into a professional course taught at a US Midwestern university. Data were collected via observations, interviews and analyses of students’ online discussions, written reflections, and project work. Findings revealed that the service-learning approach improves academic learning, increases motivation to learn and serve, escalates civic values and develops a sense of concern over broader social issues. Most importantly, it prepares students to be civic-minded professionals who are concerned with the betterment of society. Additionally, the authentic and open nature of service-learning was found to contribute to intense group conflicts Suggestions to eliminate such challenges are also discussed. Keywords: service learning; social responsibility; social issues; higher education; professional education; civic-minded professional.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: Dr Farrah Dina Yusop
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2014 01:23
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2014 01:24
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/9212

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