Evaluating activities in Service-Learning

Author/s Cristina Cecchini, Elisa Guidi, Patrizia Meringolo
Publishing Year 2020 Issue 2020/1
Language English Pages 18 P. 47-64 File size 692 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSC2020-001004
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This contribution describes the evaluation of a Service-Learning (S-L) experience carried out with students of the Master’s Degree in Psychology in collaboration with a Public Mental Health Service (PMHS). Students explored the role of a sports association, including patients, PMHS professionals and citizens, in improving social integration. Aims. Evaluating the impact of S-L on academic learning, personal growth and commit-ment in the local community. Methods. S-L was monitored through journals and supervision sessions. Semantic analy-sis of the journals content was performed using the software T-LAB. Results. Six thematic clusters emerged related to emotional and cognitive aspects and to the difficulties arising during the experience. S-L improves the student’s capability to apply theoretical knowledge and research instru-ments to meet community needs.

Keywords: Service-learning, community engagement, semantic analysis, academic learning, critical thinking.

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Cristina Cecchini, Elisa Guidi, Patrizia Meringolo, Evaluating activities in Service-Learning in "PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITA’" 1/2020, pp 47-64, DOI: 10.3280/PSC2020-001004