I Dare to Communicate with Strangers: Examining International Students’ Communication Goals and Strategy Use during Service-Learning

Congratulations to Service-Learning faculty member, Professor Lucy Bunning for her featured article in the latest issue of The Reading Matrix, an international online journal published semi-annually!

The article, co-written with Professor Ilka Kostka, features Professor Bunning’s research from her Community Learning classes with The Center for Advanced Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR) Faculty Scholars program in 2016-2017.

Below is a brief abstract of her research:

“This study examined undergraduate international students’ communication-related experiences during service-learning, focusing specifically on their goals and strategies and the role of communication. Participants included 28 English as a Second Language (ESL) students in two sections of a service-learning course in a university pathways program in the United States. For 11 weeks, students attended a one-hour service-learning class and completed up to three hours of service work per week at a community-based organization. After each service-learning encounter, students completed metacognitive wrappers designed to focus their attention on their communication. Data collected included the metacognitive wrappers and a final reflection written at the end of the semester. Findings indicate that participants set a wide range of communication goals for themselves and used a variety of strategies to achieve them. We discuss the implications of using metacognitive wrappers to support international students’ service-learning efforts and directions for future.”

You can read the full article here!

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