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Experiential Education Approaches
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Nonprofit Management & Leadership Education:
An Examination of Master’s Degree Progra...
Problem Statement
Research to date:
• General Nonprofit Management Education
(NME)
• Experiential education used in a sing...
Purpose of the Study
• Master’s degree programs associated with
NACC.
•Types of Approaches
•Development, Administration, a...
Methodology
A two-phase mixed method exploratory design:
• Phase 1: Qualitative interviews
• 12 faculty members/program ad...
Phase 1: Findings
Expected
• Mission and Goals
• Institutional Support for Experiential Education
• Types of Experiential ...
Phase 1: Findings Cont.
Unexpected
• Definition of Experiential Education
• Experiential education: “a philosophy and meth...
What’s Next…
• Survey Findings
• Analysis and comparisons across programs
• Comparisons NACC member centers vs. all
NME pr...
Limitations & Significance
of the Study
• Schools with 2 or more nonprofit-focused
programs
• Different language to explai...
Questions/Comments
01/29/15 9
Questions/Comments
01/29/15 9
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Experiential Education Approaches in Nonprofit Management & Leadership Education

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Experiential Education Approaches in Nonprofit Management & Leadership Education

  1. 1. Experiential Education Approaches in Nonprofit Management & Leadership Education: An Examination of Master’s Degree Programs Associated with the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council Heather Carpenter PhD Candidate & Research Associate Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research University of San Diego Robert Donmoyer, PhD, Chair Mary McDonald, PhD Paula Krist, PhD Roseanne Mirabella, PhD
  2. 2. Problem Statement Research to date: • General Nonprofit Management Education (NME) • Experiential education used in a single university or on a single approach • No comprehensive picture of experiential education approaches01/29/15 2
  3. 3. Purpose of the Study • Master’s degree programs associated with NACC. •Types of Approaches •Development, Administration, and Support 01/29/15 3
  4. 4. Methodology A two-phase mixed method exploratory design: • Phase 1: Qualitative interviews • 12 faculty members/program administrators of master’s degree programs associated with NACC • Phase 2: Development, administration, and analysis of survey • All eligible NACC centers - 41 • All nonprofit focused master’s degree programs – 88 01/29/15 4
  5. 5. Phase 1: Findings Expected • Mission and Goals • Institutional Support for Experiential Education • Types of Experiential Education Approaches 01/29/15 5 Approach Mentioned # of programs that mentioned approach Project within a course 12 Capstone (summary project) 6 Internship 5 Presentations from professionals 2
  6. 6. Phase 1: Findings Cont. Unexpected • Definition of Experiential Education • 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). • Formalized vs. Unformalized • Evaluation of Experiential Education 01/29/15 6
  7. 7. What’s Next… • Survey Findings • Analysis and comparisons across programs • Comparisons NACC member centers vs. all NME programs • Alignment/or non-alignment with the literature 01/29/15 7
  8. 8. Limitations & Significance of the Study • Schools with 2 or more nonprofit-focused programs • Different language to explain experiential education • First study of its kind • Potential significance for program directors at NME programs • Findings used in future studies 01/29/15 8
  9. 9. Questions/Comments 01/29/15 9
  10. 10. Questions/Comments 01/29/15 9

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