Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

General attitudes and perceptions of faculty who use service learning at the American Samoa Community College
by Etuale, Mikaele, Ed.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2016, 121; 10148440
Abstract (Summary)

This study investigated the attitudes and perceptions of faculty who use service learning as a teaching method at the American Samoa Community College. Service learning plays an important role for community colleges, offering a unique opportunity for students and faculty to provide tangible services to public, nonprofit agencies, and organizations. The instrumentation selected for this mixed-method study was a faculty self-reported survey including a Likert scale, ranking scale, and open-ended questions.

The general agreement of respondents with the choices provided on the use of service learning shows a general positive attitude and perception of service learning. As a brief recommendation, I think there should be further research to establish a clear relationship between the reason of faculty use of service learning and their attitudes and perceptions. As an implication, this study has shown that most faculties at American Samoa Community College, who took part in the survey, have positive attitudes and perceptions towards the use of service learning. Therefore it is only wise that we conclude that future studies on this subject should consist of larger samples to get a truer reflection of the relationships examined here.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sewell, Kathy Tiner
Commitee: Beaulieu, Rodney, Henderson, Lenneal, Sienkiewicz, Teresa, Zacovic, Mark
School: Fielding Graduate University
Department: The School of Educational Leadership for Change
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 78/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Community college education, Educational leadership, School administration
Keywords: Community partnership, Experiential learning, Service learning
Publication Number: 10148440
ISBN: 978-1-369-03621-3
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