Mentorship and social integration at the university: Service learning in a project of the journalism degree

Charo Lacalle Zalduendo, Cristina Pujol Ozonas

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© 2019, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia. All rights reserved. This article summarizes the perceptions of two groups of young people (students of Journalism and young adolescents in treatment for different addictions and disorders) about their participation in a project of service learning funded by the EU (Erasmus + Key Action 3) during the academic year 2017/2018. The activities of the students, integrated into the curriculum of different subjects, were aimed at providing to the youngsters with skills related to digital journalism production, critical reading, and education in communication and interculturality. The responses to the questionnaires and the focus groups reveal the reciprocal nature of a learning enhanced by the generational proximity of both groups, which has not been only based on the transmission of content, but also has an affective character. The students consider that the interaction has induced them to structure and conceptualize the knowledge, but also to overcome preconceived ideas and develop their empathy. The young people appreciate the contact with an environment previously perceived as something distant and inaccessible, as well as their direct participation in the collaborative practices. The increase in self-esteem and the greater involvement of women are two of is one of the most evident effects of the group interviews carried out in both groups. The rewarding nature of the experience could have stimulated the most involved students to volunteer in civil services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-308
JournalEducacion XX1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Higher education
  • Mentorship
  • Service learning
  • Social integration


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