Dissertations and Theses @ UNI


Open Access Thesis


Service learning--Iowa--Waverly; Student volunteers in social service--Iowa--Waverly; Wartburg College--Students--Psychology;


Service-learning is important in the development of the individual and of the community: it enriches student learning, teaches civic responsibility, and strengthens and enhances the community. Service trips allow students to share this enrichment with communities outside their own, giving them an opportunity to experience a diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and community needs. Equally important, student exposure to diverse cultures and individuals will increase personal and social development among participants. In the current study, individuals indicating higher levels of personal and social development resulting from service trips will demonstrate the importance service trips have on the development of the participants. Individuals whose interest in participating in community activities as a result of their service trip will be more likely to have a higher level of involvement in community engagement, again as a result of their experiences. Participants completed a post-trip assessment to measure personal development and to predict future levels of community engagement due to service trip experience. This study was a mixed methods with an equal paradigm emphasis. Using a grounded theory approach, themes were identified and linked them together. Results suggest that personal and social development increase and cultural awareness and future levels of engagement in the individual's community were raised due to service trip experience. Implications of this study suggest that a service learning paradigm will positively influence a college student's development and community environment.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Jamie Workman, Chair

Date Original


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1 PDF file (vii, 72 pages)



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