Students’ perceived changes and benefits in a mandatory service learning course

Yammy Chak, Tan Lei Shek, B.P.W. Mok, X.Y. Han, J.F. Chen, J.L. Zhang, Q. Xiao, H. Jiang

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By engaging in a more comprehensive reflection of the service-learning experiences, students taking Service-Learning subjects at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University are expected to develop a more positive personal understanding and self-identity, stronger critical thinking ability and social awareness. The purpose of this paper is to examine the perceived changes and benefits from the perspective of more than 80 students, who had taken a 3-credit SL subject entitled “Promotion of Children and Adolescent Development” and provided 40 hours of service for more than 300 migrant children in Shanghai. Overall, both quantitative and qualitative findings showed that the students benefited from this 2- semester course. A number of perceived changes were recognized, including the enhancement of their interpersonal effectiveness, team building, problem solving ability and social responsibilities. The findings also demonstrate the advantage of having mandatory SL subject requirement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Service-Learning (ICSL 2016), the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 1-2 Dec 2016
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2nd International Conference on Service-Learning [ICSL] - , Hong Kong
Duration: 1 Dec 20162 Dec 2016


Conference2nd International Conference on Service-Learning [ICSL]
Country/TerritoryHong Kong


  • Service-learning
  • Reflection
  • Perceived changes
  • Mandatory requirement


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