Service-learning: impacts of learning motivation and learning experience on extended social/civic engagement

Sze Yeung Lai, Chi Leung Hui

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    Service-learning (SL) integrates academic curricula and practical
    experiences to deliver social services to communities. By
    participating in a SL program, students’ prosocial behavior can be
    nurtured once they are appropriately motivated and supported.
    This study investigates students’ different motivations to join SL
    programs, the enjoyableness of their learning experiences, and
    whether they intend to engage in future social/civic activities. A
    mixed-methods approach, combining a questionnaire survey and
    an interview study, was adopted in two student cohorts in a
    fashion-related SL program in Hong Kong over two consecutive
    years. The results demonstrated that students held positive views
    of the program. However, different types of motivation had
    different impacts on learning experiences and learning outcomes.
    Extrinsic motivation was more complicated than intrinsic
    motivation and, thus, generated controversial results. Furthermore,
    learning experience had a mediating role that partially explained
    the association between motivations and extended social/civic
    engagement. The findings deepen our understanding of the role
    of SL in nurturing students’ prosocial behavior, generating
    implications for the design of similar programs while providing
    references for future studies in SL.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-16
    JournalHigher Education Research and Development
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2020


    • Service-learning
    • learning experience
    • learning motivation
    • mixed-methods
    • social/civic engagement

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education

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