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Higher education: An assessment of community development -based service learning in small rural municipalities in the First Congressional District of North Carolina


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

To understand the relationship between small rural municipalities and institutions of higher education, a study was conducted which assessed community development-based service learning in the small rural municipalities of the First Congressional District of North Carolina. During the period of February 19-25, 2007, a telephone survey was administered to the population (N=78) of small rural municipalities in the First Congressional District of North Carolina. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, including means and standard deviations.

While a majority of the respondents were aware that students enrolled in North Carolina institutions of higher education may provide assistance through community development-based service learning, only 3.8% had actually received assistance in the last 18 months and about 16% reported having had any previous service-learning experience.

Approximately 75% of the respondents had not sought assistance from a North Carolina institution of higher education with a community development-based service-learning project or communicated with a representative from a North Carolina institution of higher education with regard to community development-based service learning.

The respondents however, indicated a strong interest in community development-based service-learning assistance. Approximately 96% of the respondents reported being interested in learning more about community development-based service-learning opportunities. These respondents also indicated a very strong need for assistance with community development projects and expressed a strong willingness to encourage other leaders from their municipalities to seek community development-based service-learning assistance.

Factor analysis was used to form a community development-based service-learning scale. Ordinary least squares regression was used to identify a correlation between the community development-based service-learning scale and municipal population. In the First Congressional District, municipalities of smaller populations were less likely to obtain assistance through community development-based service learning than larger municipalities.

Collectively, these findings highlight the need to continue the discussion about higher education's role in community development, especially in small rural municipalities.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration;
Public administration;
Curricula;
Teaching;
Higher education
Classification
0514: School administration
0617: Public administration
0727: Curricula
0727: Teaching
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education; Community development-based; First Congressional District of North Carolina; Higher education; North Carolina; Rural municipalities; Service-learning
Title
Higher education: An assessment of community development -based service learning in small rural municipalities in the First Congressional District of North Carolina
Author
Davis, Donald G.
Number of pages
137
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0600
Source
DAI-A 68/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
McDowelle, James
University/institution
East Carolina University
University location
United States -- North Carolina
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3255422
ProQuest document ID
304774203
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304774203
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