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Article: Toward integration of reading and service learning through an interdisciplinary program

TitleToward integration of reading and service learning through an interdisciplinary program
Authors
KeywordsCitizenship
Literature
Reading
Service learning
Issue Date2012
PublisherSpringer Netherlands. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springer.com/education/journal/12564
Citation
Asia Pacific Education Review, 2012, v. 13 n. 2, p. 251-262 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examined the effect of an interdisciplinary program of reading and service learning on the cognitive and affective development of university students in Hong Kong. As Nussbaum (1997) stated, literature plays a vital role in educating citizens of the world through its narrative imagination and its power of promoting understanding and empathy toward the life of others. Halstead and Pike (2006) also emphasized that art can foster reflection upon action and bring about change in behavior as a result of perspective change. In this study, 24 freshmen read literary works under the theme of children's welfare and explored issues related to the welfare of children worldwide. Their reflections on these materials were expressed in writing and in a presentation. In the following semester, the students participated in voluntary services within and outside Hong Kong. All students completed a questionnaire on their humanistic concerns and sense of global citizenship at the beginning and the end of the project. Results showed that students were conscious of their changes after joining the program and stated their growth in values and knowledge. The pre-post-t-test analysis suggested that students had made significant improvement in the following areas: (1) their attitude toward serving others, especially in their personal and social values; (2) their engagement in reading literary and nonfiction works which reflect social and moral issues of the world; (3) their attention to world affairs; (4) their concern for the underprivileged; and (5) awareness of their potential in helping the poor. © 2011 The Author(s).
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/144936
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.394
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.371
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dc.contributor.authorHo, Syen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLee, VMwen_HK
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dc.date.available2012-02-21T05:43:17Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_HK
dc.identifier.citationAsia Pacific Education Review, 2012, v. 13 n. 2, p. 251-262en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1598-1037en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/144936-
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the effect of an interdisciplinary program of reading and service learning on the cognitive and affective development of university students in Hong Kong. As Nussbaum (1997) stated, literature plays a vital role in educating citizens of the world through its narrative imagination and its power of promoting understanding and empathy toward the life of others. Halstead and Pike (2006) also emphasized that art can foster reflection upon action and bring about change in behavior as a result of perspective change. In this study, 24 freshmen read literary works under the theme of children's welfare and explored issues related to the welfare of children worldwide. Their reflections on these materials were expressed in writing and in a presentation. In the following semester, the students participated in voluntary services within and outside Hong Kong. All students completed a questionnaire on their humanistic concerns and sense of global citizenship at the beginning and the end of the project. Results showed that students were conscious of their changes after joining the program and stated their growth in values and knowledge. The pre-post-t-test analysis suggested that students had made significant improvement in the following areas: (1) their attitude toward serving others, especially in their personal and social values; (2) their engagement in reading literary and nonfiction works which reflect social and moral issues of the world; (3) their attention to world affairs; (4) their concern for the underprivileged; and (5) awareness of their potential in helping the poor. © 2011 The Author(s).en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSpringer Netherlands. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.springer.com/education/journal/12564en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofAsia Pacific Education Reviewen_HK
dc.rightsThe Author(s)en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong Licenseen_US
dc.rightsThe original publication is available at www.springerlink.com-
dc.subjectCitizenshipen_HK
dc.subjectLiteratureen_HK
dc.subjectReadingen_HK
dc.subjectService learningen_HK
dc.titleToward integration of reading and service learning through an interdisciplinary programen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailHo, Sy: hosya@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s12564-011-9188-3en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume13en_HK
dc.identifier.issue2en_HK
dc.identifier.spage251en_HK
dc.identifier.epage262en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_HK
dc.description.otherSpringer Open Choice, 21 Feb 2012en_US
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