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Projects with Promise

Vol. 23 No. 3: Special Issue: A Global Perspective on Service-Learning and Community Engagement in Higher Education

Impact Analysis of a Service-Learning University Program From the Student Perspective

December 19, 2019


Service-learning has become increasingly prevalent in higher education in recent years. Within this context, this article presents and analyzes some data regarding the perception of students who participated in a program developed by the Service-Learning Office of the Faculty of Education at the University of Barcelona during the 2015–2016 and 2016–2017 academic years. In particular, by means of a survey method, the article analyzes university students’ perception of the impact of service-learning projects in terms of their participation, development of competencies, service performed, and experience gained. The results indicate that students value their participation positively, although they point out the need to further improve the link between learning and service. Finally, the article highlights the need to delve into and further develop reflective practice as a means to strengthen the academic link with the service performed by the students.