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As a University Psychology student shaped by the University of Dayton’s mission to “link learning and scholarship with leadership and service” the critical link among these components must be explored in order to move forward as a civically responsible graduate. The purpose of this project is to provide a necessary reflection upon graduation about the effectiveness a University education could potentially have within the greater community context. In doing so this study will examine the validity of the Community Service Self-Efficacy Scale, a psychometric instrument used to measure the theoretical construct of self-efficacy, in a University of Dayton Psychology course centered on service-learning in a local homeless shelter. The results will then be discussed in relation to the importance of service-learning, engaged scholarship and the purpose of universities to foster the development of civic minded graduates.

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The Community Service Self-Efficacy Scale: A Further Examination of Validity and the Application to Service-Learning and Engaged Scholarship