Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Service learning: Providing the building blocks for a socially responsible nursing role
by Johnson, Judith M., Ph.D., Capella University, 2013, 143; 3590532
Abstract (Summary)

An explanatory correlational study was conducted to explore whether and to what extent a relationship between hours of participation in service learning and commitment to social responsibility exists for students enrolled in pre-licensure baccalaureate-nursing programs currently participating in the Nursing Licensure Compact. The convenience sample consisted of 103 volunteer professional nursing students. The Civic Attitudes and Skills Questionnaire (CASQ), comprised of six subscales: civic action, interpersonal and problem-solving skills, political awareness, leadership, social justice, and diversity, was the tool used to measure social responsibility. The total Cronbach's alpha for the CASQ was .914. The alternate hypotheses stated a significant relationship between the hours of participation in service learning and each of the CASQ subscales. Data analysis using a Spearman's rho correlation coefficient showed no statistically significant correlations between hours of participation in service learning and any of the CASQ subscales. The data did not support that social responsibility relates to how much time the students spend participating in service learning. This study expands the body of knowledge in nursing education by demonstrating that other factors and not time spent in service learning, may contribute to social responsibility. The notion that prolonged hours are always needed to achieve success can discourage educators from incorporating service learning in their courses. In the context of social responsibility, this study demonstrated that service learning may not require extended time to result in positive outcomes. With this information, nurse educators can plan service-learning experiences more efficiently.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gagne, Jennie De
Commitee: Auten, Anne, Nogueras, Debbie
School: Capella University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 74/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Adult education, Health education, Higher education
Keywords: Nursing education, Service learning, Social responsibility
Publication Number: 3590532
ISBN: 978-1-303-30300-5
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