Evaluation Methods for Study Abroad, Mission Trips, and Service Learning Programs

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304050
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Evaluation Methods for Study Abroad, Mission Trips, and Service Learning Programs
Author(s):
Briscoe, Danielle; Graham-Howard, Rachel; Villaroman, Claire; Pennell, Victoria; Klakovich, Marilyn D.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Danielle Briscoe, SN, dbriscoe09@apu.edu; Rachel Graham-Howard, SN; Claire Villaroman, SN; Victoria Pennell, SN; Marilyn D. Klakovich, DNSc, RN, NEA-BC;
Abstract:

Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013

Background: Our faith-based university has a strong service mission and initiatives to ensure that all students have a global or domestic intercultural experience. Despite an extensive infrastructure to support these initiatives, insufficient attention has been directed toward identifying and assessing outcomes of experiences. 'The purpose of this project was to determine effective evidence-based evaluation methods for assessing students' intercultural experiences. '

Methods: Databases searched included ERIC, SocINDEX, and Teacher Reference. Search terms included study abroad, service learning, missions, outcome measures, and program evaluations. Out of 293 articles screened, only 9 met the inclusion criteria of full text articles addressing both a form of service learning and evaluation. 'Additionally, 12 universities and their service learning programs were surveyed about their evaluation methods and tools. Three universities responded.

Results: 'Articles were compared regarding types of evaluation methods, their effectiveness, and outcomes. 'Findings from the best practices survey were synthesized with the integrative review findings to make the following recommendations. 'Establishing learning outcomes early in the program is vital. Examples of effective outcomes include improved self-efficacy, higher sense of justice, greater awareness of diversity, or increased likelihood of future service in the community. 'Hold service implementation and final reflection sessions. 'Adequate reflection time is invaluable to service learning because the student has more time to think, grow, and gain vital life lessons from the experience that will eventually benefit the community. Both qualitative and quantitative methods should be used for evaluation including surveys, questionnaires, interviews, and essays.

Conclusions: Findings support the importance of cross-cultural experiences resulting from these programs and the need for standardized assessment tools. The synthesized recommendations from this project can be used to enhance evaluation methods of these programs. The hope is that recommendations will be used to enrich the cross-cultural experiences of students participating in these programs.

Keywords:
program evaluation; service learning; mission trips
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013 ; 22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.type.categoryAbstracten
dc.typePresentationen
dc.titleEvaluation Methods for Study Abroad, Mission Trips, and Service Learning Programsen
dc.contributor.authorBriscoe, Danielleen
dc.contributor.authorGraham-Howard, Rachelen
dc.contributor.authorVillaroman, Claireen
dc.contributor.authorPennell, Victoriaen
dc.contributor.authorKlakovich, Marilyn D.en
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen
dc.author.detailsDanielle Briscoe, SN, dbriscoe09@apu.edu; Rachel Graham-Howard, SN; Claire Villaroman, SN; Victoria Pennell, SN; Marilyn D. Klakovich, DNSc, RN, NEA-BC;en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304050-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Thursday, July 25, 2013</p><b>Background:</b> Our faith-based university has a strong service mission and initiatives to ensure that all students have a global or domestic intercultural experience. Despite an extensive infrastructure to support these initiatives, insufficient attention has been directed toward identifying and assessing outcomes of experiences. 'The purpose of this project was to determine effective evidence-based evaluation methods for assessing students' intercultural experiences. ' <p><b>Methods: </b>Databases searched included ERIC, SocINDEX, and Teacher Reference. Search terms included study abroad, service learning, missions, outcome measures, and program evaluations. Out of 293 articles screened, only 9 met the inclusion criteria of full text articles addressing both a form of service learning and evaluation. 'Additionally, 12 universities and their service learning programs were surveyed about their evaluation methods and tools. Three universities responded. <p><b>Results: 'A</b>rticles were compared regarding types of evaluation methods, their effectiveness, and outcomes. 'Findings from the best practices survey were synthesized with the integrative review findings to make the following recommendations. 'Establishing learning outcomes early in the program is vital. Examples of effective outcomes include improved self-efficacy, higher sense of justice, greater awareness of diversity, or increased likelihood of future service in the community. 'Hold service implementation and final reflection sessions. 'Adequate reflection time is invaluable to service learning because the student has more time to think, grow, and gain vital life lessons from the experience that will eventually benefit the community. Both qualitative and quantitative methods should be used for evaluation including surveys, questionnaires, interviews, and essays. <p><b>Conclusions:</b> Findings support the importance of cross-cultural experiences resulting from these programs and the need for standardized assessment tools. The synthesized recommendations from this project can be used to enhance evaluation methods of these programs. The hope is that recommendations will be used to enrich the cross-cultural experiences of students participating in these programs.en
dc.subjectprogram evaluationen
dc.subjectservice learningen
dc.subjectmission tripsen
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:28:15Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22en
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:28:15Z-
dc.conference.date2013en
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en
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