The Impact of a Sport-Based Service Learning Course on Participants’ Attitudes, Intentions and Actions Toward Social Change

Authors

  • Rhema D. Fuller University of Memphis
  • Justin M. Evanovich University of Connecticut
  • Jennifer E. Bruening University of Connecticut
  • Jon Welty Peachey University of Illinois
  • Cassandra J. Coble Indiana University
  • Vernon E. Percy Central Connecticut State University
  • Jesse Maladouangdock University of Connecticut
  • Michael Corral University of Connecticut

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.2014-0127

Keywords:

service learning, social justice, college athletics, intentions, behavior, community service

Abstract

Framed in the context of a sport-based service learning program that engages in interdepartmental university partnerships (including athletics), the current study focused on addressing the need to analyze the long-term impacts of service learning on students’ intentions and actions toward social change. Service learning courses have been shown to facilitate positive outcomes such as increased cultural competency and future intentions toward civic engagement (Bruening et al., 2010, 2014). Building on this knowledge, the current study used in-depth interviews to investigate the social justice-related attitudes, intentions, and behaviors of alumni of a college service learning through sport course. Individual interviews (n = 22) with participants who had completed at least one semester in the course indicated that the course was influential in developing their ability to recognize social inequities. Furthermore, participants indicated future intentions and current involvement in initiatives that address social inequities in their given areas of life. Theoretical and managerial implications for effective academic and intercollegiate athletic partnerships, helping to increase impactful civic engagement and learning opportunities for student-athletes and non-student-athletes, are provided.

Author Biographies

Rhema D. Fuller, University of Memphis

Fuller is with the Department: Hospitality and Resort Management, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Evanovich, Bruening, Maladouangdock and Corral are with the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Welty Peachey is with the Department: Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois, , Champaign, IL. Coble is with the Kinesiology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Percy is with the Dept. of Coaching, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.

Justin M. Evanovich, University of Connecticut

Fuller is with the Department: Hospitality and Resort Management, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Evanovich, Bruening, Maladouangdock and Corral are with the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Welty Peachey is with the Department: Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois, , Champaign, IL. Coble is with the Kinesiology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Percy is with the Dept. of Coaching, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.

Jennifer E. Bruening, University of Connecticut

Fuller is with the Department: Hospitality and Resort Management, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Evanovich, Bruening, Maladouangdock and Corral are with the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Welty Peachey is with the Department: Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois, , Champaign, IL. Coble is with the Kinesiology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Percy is with the Dept. of Coaching, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.

Jon Welty Peachey, University of Illinois

Fuller is with the Department: Hospitality and Resort Management, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Evanovich, Bruening, Maladouangdock and Corral are with the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Welty Peachey is with the Department: Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois, , Champaign, IL. Coble is with the Kinesiology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Percy is with the Dept. of Coaching, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.

Cassandra J. Coble, Indiana University

Fuller is with the Department: Hospitality and Resort Management, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Evanovich, Bruening, Maladouangdock and Corral are with the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Welty Peachey is with the Department: Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois, , Champaign, IL. Coble is with the Kinesiology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Percy is with the Dept. of Coaching, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.

Vernon E. Percy, Central Connecticut State University

Fuller is with the Department: Hospitality and Resort Management, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Evanovich, Bruening, Maladouangdock and Corral are with the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Welty Peachey is with the Department: Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois, , Champaign, IL. Coble is with the Kinesiology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Percy is with the Dept. of Coaching, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.

Jesse Maladouangdock, University of Connecticut

Fuller is with the Department: Hospitality and Resort Management, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Evanovich, Bruening, Maladouangdock and Corral are with the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Welty Peachey is with the Department: Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois, , Champaign, IL. Coble is with the Kinesiology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Percy is with the Dept. of Coaching, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.

Michael Corral, University of Connecticut

Fuller is with the Department: Hospitality and Resort Management, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. Evanovich, Bruening, Maladouangdock and Corral are with the Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Welty Peachey is with the Department: Recreation, Sport and Tourism, University of Illinois, , Champaign, IL. Coble is with the Kinesiology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Percy is with the Dept. of Coaching, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT.

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Published

2015-06-01

How to Cite

Fuller, R. D., Evanovich, J. M., Bruening, J. E., Peachey, J. W., Coble, C. J., Percy, V. E., Maladouangdock, J., & Corral, M. (2015). The Impact of a Sport-Based Service Learning Course on Participants’ Attitudes, Intentions and Actions Toward Social Change. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 8(1), 14–36. https://doi.org/10.1123/jis.2014-0127