What matters in service-learning?: From faculty’s perspective

Hui Xuan XU, Ka Wai LEUNG, Chung Hong TAM

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Abstract

The present paper attempts to explore what consists of key elements in the design and delivery of service-learning in higher education in Hong Kong, East Asia. Ten individual interviews with academics from four higher education institutions in Hong Kong were conducted in a pilot study. Each interview lasted around 1.5 hours and interview questions focused on what types of service-learning the faculty delivered, what were perceived as good practice and experience in teaching the course, and what were the barriers and challenges they encountered. The findings echo the research into the importance of five key elements: link to curriculum, partnership, service placement quality, reflection, facilitator or tutor’s support. The study also provided empirical evidence on the three elements that had rarely been reported in the previous quantitative studies: uncertainty avoidance, student training, and assessment. In addition, two novel elements were identified: community of practice, role model. Copyright © 2019 The 3rd International Conference on Service-Learning (ICSL).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Service-Learning, 10-12 January, 2019, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherICSL
Pages78-82
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Citation

Xu, H., Leung, K. W., & Tam, C. H. (2019). What matters in service-learning?: From faculty’s perspective. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Service-Learning, 10-12 January, 2019, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (pp. 78-82). Hong Kong: ICSL.

Keywords

  • Service-learning
  • Key elements
  • Undergraduate students

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