Date Approved

1-27-2004

Embargo Period

4-20-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Higher Education

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Monahan, Thomas

Subject(s)

University of North Carolina at Greensboro--Curricula; Service learning

Disciplines

Higher Education

Abstract

The purposes of this study were to (a) successfully create a required service component in an undergraduate course that specifically addresses service learning and (b) develop recommendations for implementation of community service experiences in an existing academic department curriculum. Students, faculty, higher education institutions, and professional organizations contributed numerous suggestions for successful institutionalization of service learning. Relating course content to meaningful service, developing partnerships with community agencies, and providing faculty with recognition for service courses contributed to successful service-learning programs. The results revealed barriers to participation in service-learning activities, such as student and faculty apathy, lack of administrative support, and lack of time. Suggestions for implementing service-learning components in courses and an academic curriculum are discussed.

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