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Title: Seeking sustainability on service learning projects
Authors: Vyas, A
Leung, CW 
Keywords: Sustainability
Engineering projects
Service learning
Multidisciplinary approach
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: ICSL 2016
Source: 2016 Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Service-Learning (ICSL 2016), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1-2 Dec 2016, p. 221-224 How to cite?
Abstract: Service-learning courses across disciplines in higher education have gained tremendous attention among students where they are engaged in complex and oftentimes timeintensive activities aimed at assisting the community. This gives students an opportunity to develop competencies essential for their career. These projects expose students to practical learning opportunities outside a classroom setting. However, there are several challenges associated with these projects which question the sustainability of the same. This study identifies issues like depth of interaction between service providers and the recipients leading to execution of some undesirable projects, effects of involving multidisciplinary students in group work and their inability to cope with the requirements and students focus on results and GPA rather than service to the community. All these effects are further strained by the limitation of time where merely one semester of involvement expects the student to inculcate the feeling of community service along with the learning. The finding of the study exposes the flaw in the system and suggests a path towards attaining sustainability by addressing the above mentioned problems.
Rights: ©2016 The 2nd International Conference on Service-Learning (ICSL 2016)
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