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Service-learning impact on community engagement : from the graduates' perspectives
Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning 亞太地區服務研習會議
  • Cheung Ming, Alfred CHAN, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Hok Ka, Carol MA, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Wing Fung, Chad CHAN, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Location
MD204, Paul Cardinal Shen Medical Building, Fu Jen University
Start Date
29-5-2015 1:30 PM
End Date
29-5-2015 2:40 PM
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Description

Service-Learning (S-L) is pedagogy that has been newly introduced into Hong Kong's higher education institutes. Thus, most local, recent studies focus on implication and evaluation of the S-L program for the existing students. There is lack of study about the long-term impact of S-L, especially for graduate students. Lingnan University (LU) as the only liberal art university in Hong Kong, aims to equip LU students with whole person development skills, as well as the capability to serve the community in the future. The Office of Service-Learning (OSL) was established in 2006 to promote S-L in Lingnan, echoing the university's motto "Education for Service." A study was conducted in 2011 to investigate the long-term impact of S-L on graduates' whole person development skills, community engagement and career exploration.

In this paper, we will focus on investigating the long-term impact of S-L on graduates' community engagement (measured by civic responsibility) in terms of three subdomains: connection to community, civic awareness and civic efficacy. The comparison result between 424 graduates with S-L experience and 345 graduates without S-L experience will be used in this paper. The most prominent finding shows that graduates with S-L experience had significant higher scores than graduates without S-L experience in civic responsibility (Mwith S-L experience=5.80, SD=1.20; Mwithout S-L experience=5.16, SD=1.47; t=6.57, P

Citation Information
Chan, C.-m. A., Ma, H.-k. C., & Chan, W.-f. C. (2015, May). Service-learning impact on community engagement: From the graduates' perspectives. Paper presented at the 5th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning: Love Journey: Community Engagement through Service-Learning, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan.