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The role of international service-learning in facilitating undergraduate students’ self-exploration
Journal of Studies in International Education
  • Min YANG, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Yun Yung,Lillian LUK, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Beverley Joyce WEBSTER, RMIT University Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Wai Lap Albert CHAU, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
  • Hok Ka Carol MA, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
11-1-2016
Publisher
Sage Publications, Inc.
Keywords
  • cross-border delivery of education,
  • globalization and international higher education,
  • internationalization of higher education,
  • internationalization of the curriculum,
  • mobility of students and academic staff
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Abstract
This article examines the role of international service-learning (ISL) in facilitating undergraduates’ exploration of their conceptions of self (i.e., self-exploration). Conception of self refers to the use of values to define one’s role in a social/cultural group or organization and in society, and to determine current actions and future commitments. ISL is intentionally structured activities involving students in social services in overseas settings. Existing research underscores the importance of inducting students to other-oriented (showing care and empathy for others) values in facilitating their self-exploration through ISL. Interviews with 48 students in Hong Kong who participated in ISL revealed qualitative differences in students’ conceptions of self related to moral, cultural, and leadership values. The findings highlight the need to guide students to critically self-reflect on their values and actions, and build reciprocal relationships with others. Implications for international educators and service-learning practitioners to support students’ self-exploration in ISL are proposed.
DOI
10.1177/1028315316662976
E-ISSN
15527808
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Citation Information
Yang, M., Luk, L. Y. Y., Webster, B. J., Chau, A. W.-l., & Ma, C. H. K. (2016). The role of international service-learning in facilitating undergraduate students’ self-exploration. Journal of Studies in International Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1028315316662976