This qualitative study sought to examine the Holy Cross Immersion, a service-learning trip for senior boys at Holy Cross School, New Orleans, Louisiana. The specific focus of the study is whether the experience increased the participants’ awareness of social justice issues, leading to future civic involvement. Individual interviews were conducted with nine young men who participated in an Immersion service-learning experience as seniors in high school between the years of 2011 and 2014. A focus group followed with three of the participants. I kept a journal throughout the interviews to document observations. Data were collected from the journal and interviews and analyzed using qualitative phenomenological methods. Findings of this study suggest that the Holy Cross Immersion service-learning trip is effective in helping adolescent males understand the marginalized in society, increasing their awareness of social justice issues, and contributing to their desire to volunteer.
|Advisor:||Fonseca, Thomas A.|
|Commitee:||Frazier-Smith, Ouida, White, Carolyn C.|
|School:||University of Holy Cross|
|Department:||Counseling and Behavioral Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Secondary education, Social studies education, Counseling Psychology, Gender studies|
|Keywords:||Adolescent civic involvement, Holy Cross Immersion, Male adolescent development, School counseling, Service learning, Social justice awareness|
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