Voices of Students in Multicultural Service-Learning Settings

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Fall 1998


Originally published in Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Vol. 5, Iss. 1, pp. 58-67, an Open Access Journal.


This article presents the voices of young college students who were engaged in community-based service-learning in multicultural settings. The journals of these 30 child development students were content-analyzed for recurring themes. Three of the themes that emerged in the journals involved students 1) articulating their own approaches of philosophies regarding racial issues, 2) expressing their concerns regarding specific multicultural or race-related incidents, and 3) discussing the resources they relied upon to put their multicultural experiences into a larger perspective. The emerging themes are presented and offered in the students' own words. Suggestions for supporting students' multicultural service-leaning experiences are discussed.



The views expressed in this paper are solely those of the author.