The "Real-World" Experience: Students' Perspectives on Service-Learning Projects

McLaughlin, Erin
July 2010
American Journal of Business Education;Jul2010, Vol. 3 Issue 7, p109
Academic Journal
The purpose of this paper is to identify how students gain "real-world" experience via service- learning projects. This article describes the results of a pilot study conducted with over 75 business graduate students to investigate the effects of service-learning curriculum at the collegiate level. The following qualitative data was collected: observations, field notes, interviews, video-taped group meetings, and student reflection journals. This data was collected to gain insight on the research question, "What are business students' views of service-learning projects and how they contribute to 'real-world' experience?" In addition, this article briefly discusses literature on the ethnographic qualitative approach and its significance, as well as the service-learning literature that continues to evolve as the instigation of such projects continues to draw the attention of researchers and educators.


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