Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

International alternative spring break: A qualitative study examining personal and professional identity development of graduate students
by Samuels, Kashima B., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 153; 1527488
Abstract (Summary)

International service-learning is an opportunity for students to engage in global community service and learn about critical issues affecting the lives of individuals around the world. Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a short-term international service-learning program that is an educational opportunity available to both undergraduate and graduate students at various institutions nationwide. This case study examined how an international ASB trip to Ghana, West Africa influenced personal and professional identity development of graduate students at a 4 year public institution in California. Through analysis of documents, pre and post trip observations, and pre and post trip interviews, this study aimed to address how unique opportunities like ASB programs influence graduate student identity. The findings of this study suggest that servicelearning programs can serve as personal and professional development for graduate students. The findings also indicate that experiencing an international ASB trip allows students to explore and learn new aspects of their identity, understand their positionality in the world, and formulate new ideas and values about professionalism.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: O'brien, Jonathan
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational leadership, Education, Higher education
Keywords: Globalization, Professional development, Service learning, Values
Publication Number: 1527488
ISBN: 978-1-303-77381-5
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