"Our Way of Proceeding:" A Case Study of Service-Learning in Two Jesuit High Schools

Craig William Dwyer, Fordham University


The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine Jesuit secondary lay educators’ perspectives of service-learning, and their awareness of utilizing service-learning to further the schools’ mission and Jesuit identity. This qualitative study used a case study methodology, which examined two Jesuit USA Northeast secondary schools’ service-learning programs through interviews with 26 participants. Standpoint Theory was applied as the lens to identify perspectives of Jesuit secondary lay administrators and teachers as “insiders,” and service site supervisors as “outsiders.” All participants’ responses were analyzed and organized, which determined how each school’s service-learning program was described, structured, and implemented. The researcher’s triangulated data was provided by each school, participants’ responses, and the two Jesuit documents: The Profile of the Graduate of a Jesuit School at Graduation (2015) and What Makes a Jesuit School Jesuit? (2011). Findings from the study revealed mission driven and mission impediments of each school’s service-learning programs. Three themes emerged: The charismatic vision and mission of St. Ignatius of Loyola; creative and constrictive administrative and financial tensions between leaderships’ articulation and actions regarding service-learning; and creative and constrictions tensions between the service site supervisors and the Jesuit high schools.

Subject Area

Educational leadership|Educational administration|Secondary education

Recommended Citation

Dwyer, Craig William, ""Our Way of Proceeding:" A Case Study of Service-Learning in Two Jesuit High Schools" (2018). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI10823768.