Exploring the Role and Function of Religious Volunteers in a University Comprehensive Guidance Program (74248)

Session Information: Adult, Lifelong & Distance Learning
Session Chair: Pulane Molomo

Friday, 24 November 2023 09:00
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 703
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Tzu Chi University is a religious university that has established a unique three-track mentoring system in collaboration with tutors system, the Tzu Cheng/Yi De association, and counseling centers. This study examined the role and function of religious volunteers regarding two elements of the comprehensive guidance program: system support and individual student planning.
This study applied a case study method and recruited 8 female religious volunteers as interviewees. Participants have worked in the Tzu Cheng/Yi De association for 5 to 27 years. Their average ages are between 60 to 70 years. They were interviewed one or three times for one to three hours each time.

I conducted a thematic analysis of the interview data. The findings indicate that in terms of system support, the religious volunteers played the following roles and functions:
1. Integrator: They integrated a network of students, schools, and parents and closely collaborated within the two-track system.
2. Community resource giver: They offered economic resources and care to students, parents, and university staff.
3. Mediator: They engaged in university activities as a bridge between students and the school.

Regarding individual student guidance programs, the role and functions were as follows.
1. Referrer: They observed student needs, focusing on preventive and developmental level to offer and refer to two-track system staff.
2. Planner: They designed informal reunions to encourage positive relationship-building with students.
3. Career teacher: They conveyed the importance of work attitude before employment.

Authors:
Ting-Ying Lo, Tzu Chi University, Taiwan


About the Presenter(s)
Dr Ting-Ying Lo is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Tzu Chi University in Taiwan

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00