This qualitative multicase study explores the perceptions of 4 purposefully selected participants regarding the factors that influenced their decision to create education-related organizations dedicated to service work, and their ideas about encouraging students to engage in service activities. The purpose of the research was to gain an improved understanding of their motivations in order to inform practice and policy. The study employed triangulation of data sources, including in-depth, semistructured interviews, participants' written personal chronicles, a review of artifacts, and analytic memos. Data analysis yielded the following findings: (a) participants shared common background factors, (b) participants perceived that their work contributed to overall societal improvement, and (c) participants believed that certain educational reforms could allow for increased service-related opportunities.
|Advisor:||Shirley, J. Michael|
|Commitee:||Maresh, Eddie, Perry, Judith|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- Georgia|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Education, Secondary education|
|Keywords:||Character education, Moral education, Motivational factors, Multicase study, Service work|
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