GICE colabora con la Universidad de Clark con el proyecto "How Service-Learning Influences Youth Purpose Around the World"
IP: Seana Moran, Clark University
IP Equipo de la UAM: Pilar Aramburuzabala
Life purpose is a stable intention to accomplish something that is both personally meaningful andof contribution to the world (Damon, Menon, & Bronk, 2003). Thus, purpose has four dimensions: meaning, intention/future-directedness, engagement/action, and prosocial contribution/effect. We aim to accelerate international collaborations around developing youth purpose in higher education practice. In particular, we focus on the university course structure most likely to address all dimensions of purpose: service-learning. The mixed-methods research examines: How can we better understand purpose as an ecological concept that both emerges from and contributes to contexts in which the individual interacts? How does an educational experience become meaningful enough to launch or catalyze a purpose? How do youth purpose opportunities compare across national contexts? The project will produce (a) a multinational dataset; (b) an internationally applicable coding manual; (c) translated and back-translated online survey measures; and (d) numerous cross-cultural papers. Over the longer term, we aim to cultivate youth who contribute positively in ways that are sensitive to the specific contexts in which such opportunities arise.