Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Scott Moeschberger

Second Advisor

Skip Trudeau

Third Advisor

Randall Dodge

Distinguished Theses



Institutions that are interested in citizenship education are usually interested in Service-Learning. Additionally, those interested in Service-Learning are increasingly noting the importance of the specific learning objective: Social Justice. Few have undertaken a quantitative study of Social Justice Orientation as a learning outcome, and yet many have suggested it as a key outcome in Service-Learning experiences. This study seeks a more holistic understanding of Social Justice education with the expressed purpose of developing an instrument for the measurement of Social Justice Orientation as a Service-Learning outcome. Findings confirm our understanding that Service-Learning truly has the potential to elicit significant development toward such ends, but also suggest that measuring Social Justice Orientation may be more difficult than originally thought.


Granted the honor of the 2009 Distinguished Thesis Award.