A faculty evaluation of service-learning experience: Lessons and ways forward


Center for Social Concern and Action

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In 2012, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Strategic Direction mandates all eight colleges to integrate service-learning (originally called community service or outreach) in all its academic programs. The Center for Social Concern and Action or COSCA, being the social development arm of DLSU, is tasked to assist faculty and students implement their service-learning activities.

The primary goal of this study is to evaluate and analyze the experiences of faculty members in implementing service-learning. It also intends to identify the lessons learned and areas that need improvement to serve as inputs in improving program implementation of COSCA. This study aims to answer two questions: How would the DLSU faculty evaluate their service-learning implementation experience? What are the lessons learned and recommendations in service learning implementation? To answer these questions, the 17 faculty members who sought the assistance of COSCA in facilitating their service-learning in their own class accomplished the online google evaluation entitled "Faculty Evaluation of Service-Learning Experience''. The evaluation covered three consecutive terms of Academic Year 2015-2016. Using a Likert Scale, the faculty expressed how much they agree or disagree with a particular statement or indicator.

Analysis of the data revealed that all the faculty members strongly agree that based on their experience, service-learning has contributed in student's learning; student's safety were ensured during field activities; service-learning projects done with the community partner were effective; projects were efficiently managed and implemented by all stakeholders; service activities are aligned with the Lasallian values of Faith, Service and Communion in Mission; and that projects done by the students can be sustained by the partner organizations on their own. However, the faculty saw the need to on improve program management, interdisciplinary engagement, faculty involvement, and the alignment of course objectives with service-learning.



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