The Impact of Social Involvement and Community Engagement on Students in Higher Education in India and the UK: A Comparative Study

By Phil Bamber, Wendy Bignold and Chrissie D’Costa.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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This comparative study is the result of ongoing collaboration between two partnered institutions of higher education in India and the UK. The paper will analyse attitudes towards social involvement and volunteering amongst students at St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool. The problematic nature of efforts to promote social awareness and the transformation of self will be discussed in relation to theories of learning. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be presented that will help academics and practitioners to assess the impact of social involvement or service learning initiatives.

Keywords: Social Involvement, Service Learning, Transformative Learning, Social Justice

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.143-154. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.135MB).

Phil Bamber

Senior Lecturer, Education Deanery, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK

Phil is a Senior Lecturer in the Education Faculty at Liverpool Hope University, UK. He coordinates a project funded by the UK Department for International Development to embed a global dimension within the curriculum and promote active global citizenship within the Faculty of Education. His research interest includes the role of local and global volunteering as a form of education for global citizenship in Higher Education.

Wendy Bignold

Vice Dean of Education, Education Deanery, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK

Wendy is Co-director of the Institute for Research in Education and Society, Mumbai, a collaboration between St. Xavier’s College and Liverpool Hope University. She has worked in a wide range of educational settings in the UK and across Asia, teaching and managing all levels of education from early years to higher education. Her research interests are motivation of learners and alternative curriculums and the development of cross-cultural dialogue and understanding to facilitate meaningful collaborative research.

Chrissie D’Costa

Director, Social Involvement Programme, St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, India

Chrissie is Co-ordinator of the Social Involvement Programme at St. Xavier’s, a role which reflects her research interests. She has a wealth of experiences in education and the community, as activist, practitioner and academic. She is an active teacher and campaigner on global issues and human rights.


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