Dissertation Proposal Final


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Dissertation Proposal Final

  1. 1. Experiential Education Approaches in Nonprofit Management Education: An Examination of Nonprofit-Focused Master’s Degree Programs Associated with the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council Heather Carpenter Dissertation Proposal Defense Robert Donmoyer, PhD, Chair Mary McDonald, PhD Paula Krist, PhD Roseanne Mirabella, PhD
  2. 2. Background Experiential education: “a philosophy and methodology in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills and clarify values” (Association for Experiential Education, 2010, par. 2). Examples of experiential education teaching approaches: • Experiential learning • Fieldwork or field project • Work experience • Service-learning • Internships 01/30/15 2
  3. 3. Background Cont. Experiential education teaching approaches are used within a variety of academic settings including: •Nonprofit management education (NME) programs • NME programs associated with the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) 01/30/15 3
  4. 4. Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) 01/30/15 4 Experiential Education Applied ResearchCommunity Based Consulting
  5. 5. Problem Statement Research to date: • General NME • Experiential education used in a single university or on a single approach • No comprehensive picture of experiential education approaches 01/30/15 5
  6. 6. Research Questions 1. What types of experiential education approaches are offered within nonprofit-focused master’s degree programs associated with NACC member centers across the United States? 2. How are these experiential education approaches defined, built, and administered by each nonprofit-focused master’s degree program? 3. What is the program and university setting of each experiential education approach? 4. What types of program and institutional support are provided to the experiential education approach? 5. What are the similarities and differences between experiential education approach descriptions, program setting and support descriptions, as well as institutional setting and support descriptions across Universities? 01/30/15 6
  7. 7. Literature Review • Nonprofit management education • Mirabella and Renz (2001) Nonprofit Outreach Centers • History and philosophy of experiential education • Approach descriptions in the fields of Engineering, Medicine, and Social Work • Driscoll (2006) Carnegie Community Engagement Classification • The impact of experiential education on students, the university, and the community 01/30/15 7
  8. 8. Methodology A two-phase mixed method exploratory design: • Phase 1: Qualitative interviews • Phase 2: Development, administration, and analysis of quantitative data • Design was selected because this is an unexplored area of research 01/30/15 8
  9. 9. Phase 1: Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis Allows for program directors to describe the experiential education approaches in their own terms. Participants: • 5-10 master’s program administrators Participant Recruitment and Selection: • E-mail Introduction • E-mail Invitation 01/30/15 9
  10. 10. Phase 1: Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis Interview Procedures and Analysis: • Pilot interviews • Interviews take place either over the phone or in person • Transcribed and coded thematically Dealing with Potential Limitations: • Different definitions and interpretations of experiential education approaches • More established experiential education approaches 01/30/15 10
  11. 11. Phase 2: Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis Developing, administering, and analyzing a survey which will aid in confirming or disconfirming the findings and themes that emerged during the qualitative interviews Participants: • 40 master’s program administrators Participant Recruitment and Selection: • E-mail invitation 01/30/15 11
  12. 12. Phase 2: Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis Survey Procedures and Analysis: • Pilot Survey • Clean survey data • Descriptive statistics • Frequencies • Crosstabs • Inferential statistics • Correlations Statistical analysis that explains relationships among the variables 01/30/15 12
  13. 13. Phase 2: Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis Dependent Variables • Experiential education approaches Independent Variables • Type of master’s degree program • Setting • Support 01/30/15 13
  14. 14. Potential Limitations of the Study • Personal bias • Small sample size may not representative of NME • Different language to explain experiential education 01/30/15 14
  15. 15. Significance of the Study • First study of its kind • Potential significance for program directors at other NME programs • Findings used in future studies 01/30/15 15
  16. 16. Questions/Comments 01/30/15 16