Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs
Orkideh Mohajeri, PhD
Kenneth Witmer, PhD
Jaqueline Hodes, EdD
In this thesis, I address the risks of miseducative experiences resulting from the labor-focused high-impact practices of internships and service learning/community-based learning. As high-impact practices are often considered inherently valuable, there is a need to examine these two practices under a critical action research lens in order to expose the ways in which these practices are not serving students properly. I go on to argue that issues such as unpaid internship programs taking advantage of free student labor and voluntourism existing on travel-based service learning/community-based learning programs negate the potentiality of students to experience the growth in their sense of purpose and integrity that these practices promise. To combat these risks of miseducation, I propose the intervention program SLIPSET, a campus-wide taskforce consisting of staff, faculty, students, and third-party representatives, to develop workshop programs for students, a scholarship fund to support students in need, and an outreach initiative to communicate student development needs to third-party representatives.
Garda, Andrew, "Mitigating Risks of Miseducation within Labor-Focused High-Impact Practices" (2020). West Chester University Master’s Theses. 151.