Event Title

Investigating the relationships between college students' identity development and service learning

Location

MD214, Paul Cardinal Shen Medical Building, Fu Jen University

Start Date

29-5-2015 10:40 AM

End Date

29-5-2015 11:50 AM

Description

Erik Erikson postulated that identity formation is the most important developmental task during adolescence. In the process of identity development, individuals pursued a more confirmed sense of identity through exploring different social roles and attending activities. Service learning has become a very popular approach for helping whole personal development for students. However, there is little attention to discuss the identity development after joining overseas service learning. To evaluate the changes of joining overseas service learning, this study compared the scales of identity processing styles (including informational, normative, avoidant styles), identity commitment, and identity firmness (including personal, social, image, relational identity firmness) from 49 college students of Fu Jen Catholic University. The results of the study revealed that most of above-mentioned variables had positive and significant changes. In summary, joining overseas service learning could help college students toward healthy identity development.

Recommended Citation

Chen, K.-H., Su, Y., Tu, M.-J., Chwo, M.-J., Pan, R.-J., & Shen, R.-S. (2015, May). Investigating the relationships between college students' identity development and service learning. Paper presented at the 5th Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning: Love Journey: Community Engagement through Service-Learning, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan.

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May 29th, 10:40 AM May 29th, 11:50 AM

Investigating the relationships between college students' identity development and service learning

MD214, Paul Cardinal Shen Medical Building, Fu Jen University

Erik Erikson postulated that identity formation is the most important developmental task during adolescence. In the process of identity development, individuals pursued a more confirmed sense of identity through exploring different social roles and attending activities. Service learning has become a very popular approach for helping whole personal development for students. However, there is little attention to discuss the identity development after joining overseas service learning. To evaluate the changes of joining overseas service learning, this study compared the scales of identity processing styles (including informational, normative, avoidant styles), identity commitment, and identity firmness (including personal, social, image, relational identity firmness) from 49 college students of Fu Jen Catholic University. The results of the study revealed that most of above-mentioned variables had positive and significant changes. In summary, joining overseas service learning could help college students toward healthy identity development.