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Community Engagement Findings Across the Disciplines

Applying Course Content to Community

Edited by Heather K. Evans
This book is a reference for administrators and educators at institutions of higher learning who are thinking about taking serious steps to link their educational mission to helping their surrounding communities. Various research findings across the disciplines in higher education about integrating community engagement in traditional coursework are presented. This book provides a multi-disciplinary and multi-method approach to both incorporating and studying the effects of community engagement (service learning) in the curriculum. Multiple departments, from Kinesiology to Sociology, as well as various types of classes (undergraduate, graduate, online, face-to-face, traditional, international) are represented here. Both qualitative and quantitative work is included. Methods involved include interviews, case studies, reflections, and surveys. One chapter also uses longitudinal data collection to address the overall effect of engaging in community engagement during the undergraduate college experience. If you are not sure how to study the effects of community engagement on students at your university, this book is for you.

Heather K. Evans is an associate professor of political science at Sam Houston State University. Her research interests include political engagement, elections, public opinion, and political communication. 

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Evans, H. K. (2015). Service-learning and political engagement, efficacy, and apathy: A case study at Sam Houston State University. Education, Citizenship and Social Justice10(2), 107-117.

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Roper, E. A., & Santiago, J. A. (2014). Influence of Service-Learning on Kinesiology Students’ Attitudes Toward P–12 Students With Disabilities. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly31(2), 162-180.

Wentworth, R. A., & Brown, L. O. (2015). Deepening Our Students’ Appreciation of Others: Using Multicultural Field Experience in an Online Education Course.

Wozniak, J. R., Bellah, J., & Riley, J. M. (2016). Building a Community Garden: A Collaborative Cross-Disciplinary Academic Community Engagement Project. Journal of Business Strategies33(2), 95.