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Title: How to involve, motivate and sustain students in service learning programs
Authors: Wu, JY
Wang, P
Cao, Y
Huang, QY
Ng, VTY 
Keywords: Student involvement
Service learning sustainability
Program quality
Organization autonomy
Student bonding
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: USR-SL 2014
Source: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Service-Learning, Nov 20-21, 2014, Hong Kong, p. 214-223 How to cite?
Abstract: In recent years, service learning has gained much attention among universities as a complementary form of teaching and learning. Despite the popularity of such programs, very often, service learning activities have no standard framework and hence suffer from problems such as lacking attractiveness and sustainability. This essay therefore seeks to provide insights on key elements that could contribute to a high quality service learning program that emphasizes student involvement and sustainability.
In the past 6 years, as a student run service learning organization in Hong Kong, we have delivered more than 24 service trip projects with more than 300 student volunteers participated, serving 22 target schools in mainland China and Taiwan. From both our experience and a recent survey carried out among project participants, we suggest that an attractive and sustainable service learning project should first be able to present high quality program content that generates profound social impact. Next, the program should provide team members sufficient autonomy in designing the program contents themselves. Lastly, the bonding of the students themselves is crucial. It assures commitment, sharing, and sustainability from one batch to another, and ultimately creates unique experience, inspires minds, and stimulates positive long-term impacts.
Rights: ©2014 The 2nd Summit on University Social Responsibility cum Inaugural International Conference on Service-Learning 2014 (USR-SL 2014)
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