Master of Science (MS)
Semester of Degree Completion
Using qualitative methodology the researcher analyzed the perspectives of
students on service trips taken to Haiti by the Newman Catholic Center in (1) educating
students about social injustice and (2) cultivating a desire for students to advocate for
social change. Overall participants were impacted by their experience in Haiti.
Participants articulated a deeper awareness and understanding of social inequality and of
their own privilege. Participants also communicated a commitment to continue service,
change their career plans and change their lifestyles. Student development occurred in
three phases including pre-departure, experience, and re-entry. Engaged preparation,
reflection, consequential connection, and human connection were themes found to be
very important components of this international service learning experience. The
researcher presents a model, which could serve as a starting point to creating meaningful
student experiences that have a life-long impact.
Boro, Sarah, "Service learning and social justice: A qualitative study of international service learning and students' perceptions of social inequality" (2013). Masters Theses. 1065.