MA IDS Thesis Projects

Date of Award


Document Type



College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences


International Development and Service

Degree Name

International Development and Service, MA

First Supervisor

Dr. Teri Murphy


International service-learning (ISL) continues to evolve its academic presence in higher education to encompass a more holistic, transformative experience for students and community partners. One way in which this pedagogy can increase the likelihood of growth and development in its students is through a richer understanding of facilitative techniques involved with reflection and transformative learning. This study aims to help guide those who design courses or programs that use reflection as a means of integrating student learning within ISL and related programs. The following research project investigated the ways in which seven facilitators understood and described their practice in relation to these overarching goals of experiential education. Four themes were derived from coding analysis of semi-structured interviews: relational labor, inter-subjective learning spaces, capacity-building, and ambiguity of role. Key findings are discussed in terms of significance for practitioners seeking to enhance student capacities for learning and civic engagement.