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The impact of service-learning on leadership and an interest in social justice
by Barnes, Margaret, D.N.P., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2015, 118; 3742969
Abstract (Summary)

The mission of Indiana Wesleyan University is to develop students in character, scholarship, and leadership and to encourage them to engage with the world as they serve others. This DNP project involved adding a service-learning component to a course in a registered nurse baccalaureate degree (RNBSN) completion program to determine if service-learning is an effective means of assisting students to grow in character, scholarship, and leadership, interested in engaging with the world around them. A literature review was completed to identify best practices with regard to service-learning initiatives in both nursing and non-nursing curriculums. Based on this literature review, the Foundations for Professional Practice course was revised to incorporate a service-learning component. Class discussions included opportunities for students to share what they had learned about the vulnerable population they chose to serve. A survey instrument developed by researchers at the University of Detroit Mercy was used to assist in evaluating the effectiveness of this course revision. A research study was completed using a quantitative, pretest/posttest control group design using a Likert scale survey on which the students evaluated their leadership skills and their interest in social justice. The change in responses of the control group did not demonstrate a measurable effect; however, the responses of the service-learning group revealed a small effect size for both the leadership construct and the social justice construct. This study was unique in that it addressed non-traditional RNBSN students in an accelerated program, 70% of whom were taking this course in an online format. Additional research is needed to determine other variables that may increase the effect service-learning has on adult students in accelerated online baccalaureate nursing degree programs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Melba, Kattner
Commitee: Sharon, Listenberger
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-B 77/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Higher education
Keywords: Higher education, Nursing education, Service learning, Social justice
Publication Number: 3742969
ISBN: 978-1-339-35619-8
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