Service Learning 201: Beyond the Basics Service learning is not a new concept in the field of education or communication disorders, involving a partnership that is formed between a community agency and a university training program. For service learning to effective, equal “buy in” is needed from all parties involved. Service learning is a natural fit ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2008
Service Learning 201: Beyond the Basics
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  • Lisa Schoenbrodt
    Loyola College of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
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Article   |   June 01, 2008
Service Learning 201: Beyond the Basics
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2008, Vol. 11, 36-40. doi:10.1044/ihe11.1.36
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2008, Vol. 11, 36-40. doi:10.1044/ihe11.1.36
Abstract

Service learning is not a new concept in the field of education or communication disorders, involving a partnership that is formed between a community agency and a university training program. For service learning to effective, equal “buy in” is needed from all parties involved. Service learning is a natural fit in the area of communication disorders because the types of agencies involved and the types of experiences dovetail with the range of disorders in the population. In one department of Speech Pathology, we offered a variety of service-learning courses to students in training throughout their undergraduate curriculum, with different commitments in terms of time to service. In the past, our introductory level coursework involved brief experiences that were woven into the coursework, but was not the intensity of time or commitment that is required in graduate courses. In addition, with this introductory class, I had to consider the level of the student with little to no background with individuals with disabilities. These factors led us to design a service-learning course that incorporated time directly spent with the community partner agency on site and time spent indirectly planning an activity for clients at the community center.

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