Academic Reflections: Service Learning in an Introductory Communicative Disorders Class I was assigned an Introductory Class in Speech and Hearing when I returned to the department full time after being in administration for five years. This was a new class for me, one that is taught once each year with about 50 to 60 students. I had time to ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2005
Academic Reflections: Service Learning in an Introductory Communicative Disorders Class
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  • Margaret Carlin
    University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS
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Article   |   June 01, 2005
Academic Reflections: Service Learning in an Introductory Communicative Disorders Class
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2005, Vol. 8, 14-16. doi:10.1044/ihe8.1.14
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2005, Vol. 8, 14-16. doi:10.1044/ihe8.1.14
I was assigned an Introductory Class in Speech and Hearing when I returned to the department full time after being in administration for five years. This was a new class for me, one that is taught once each year with about 50 to 60 students. I had time to consider my thoughts and decide what to do and how to teach it. I decided that the students needed to feel and take the measure of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. I felt that academic, didactic learning was not the main goal for this class but just one avenue into the discipline. Further, I considered that direct experience was a second avenue that should be utilized in addition to traditional teaching formats. For the didactic component of the course, I utilized lecture, group activities, videos, a series of quizzes (seven with one throw-away grade), and no final for the academic learning. In order to create an experiential component for the course, students were assigned to do 12 hours of what I then called “volunteer work” at local schools. This worked out well. While I was satisfied with the student’s reactions and their learning, I felt more had to be done with the experience.
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