Many universities today attempt to foster a sense of
civic responsibility among students, promote the
internalization of pro-social values, and train
students to contribute to the larger community.
Service learning is cited as an example of recent
efforts on the part of universities to impact student
values and engagement off campus.
The project described in this book explored the
impact of the university community environment on
students’ development of pro-social values,
motivations, and behavior.
Past theory and research concerning the developmental
changes that occur among students in college and the
impact of one’s environment on his/her motivation and
behavior are presented. In addition, relevant
constructs such as public service motivation, sense
of community, and gaps in the literature are discussed.
The book includes two separate but related studies
with a purpose of understanding how a school’s
environment or atmosphere may be related to the
pro-social engagement, public service motivation, and
perceived school sense of community among its students.
Judah Viola PhD. is an assistant professor of Psychology at
National-Louis University in Chicago. Dr. Viola manages a
consulting practice specializing in needs assessment,
development, eval, planning, and community research. He earned a
BA in History and Psychology from UW-Madison and an MA and PhD in
Community Psychology from DePaul University.