Service-Learning within a Global Context: Examining How the Learning Experience Contributes to Community Sustainability

By Victoria Calvert.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The undergraduate educational landscape of the past decade reflects the growing recognition of service-learning as a methodology which bridges theoretical concepts with experiential learning through community service. Whereas extensive research articulates the beneficial results of the experience upon student development, limited data has been gathered regarding the impact of the service upon the organizations and communities receiving the service. Further, scholars indicate that service-learning programs typically focus on the local community, rarely engaging students in the global community. The author of this paper discusses how a service learning project in a leadership development course at a Canadian University contributes not only to the academic competency and social development of the students, but also engages the learning community in the economic and social sustainability of indigenous hill-tribe communities in the Philippines. The author discusses the need for community service within a global context, and proposes a service learning framework that facilitates the sustainability of communities or programs.

Keywords: Service-Learning, Global Community, Sustainability of Indigenous Community

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.65-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 965.939KB).

Victoria Calvert

Associate Professor, Bissett School of Business, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada

Victoria has been a full-time professor in the Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal since 1994, teaching advanced venture and management courses. She has been instrumental in developing the curriculum for several courses in the Entrepreneurship program including New Venture Feasibility, the Consulting Practicum, and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Her teaching philosophy supports learning through service, with her students providing over 70,000 hours of community service since 1996. She is one of the Canadian co-authors of the 4th Canadian edition of the text Small Business Management, published by Nelson in 2009. The text is a Canada’s bestseller and is used at over 34 universities and colleges at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has been awarded a teaching award by the students of Mount Royal University, and was recently nominated for a ‘Distinguished Teaching’ award by both faculty and students.


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