The Effects of a Service Learning Workshop on the Intellectual Life of Graduate Students in Communication Disorders Service learning experiences provide students with the opportunity to utilize academic knowledge and develop professional skills related to higher level thinking, self-esteem, and the development of future workplace skills while assisting with a community's needs. A service learning project was developed to study its effects on graduate students studying communication ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2014
The Effects of a Service Learning Workshop on the Intellectual Life of Graduate Students in Communication Disorders
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Annmarie Altosino
    Department of Communication Disorders, Governors State University University Park, Illinois
  • Jennifer L. Armstrong
    Department of Communication Disorders, Governors State University University Park, Illinois
  • Disclosure: Financial: Annmarie Altosino and Jennifer L. Armstrong have no financial interests to disclose.
    Disclosure: Financial: Annmarie Altosino and Jennifer L. Armstrong have no financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Portions of the data reported in this manuscript have been discussed in a poster session at the American Speech Language and Hearing Association National Convention
    Nonfinancial: Portions of the data reported in this manuscript have been discussed in a poster session at the American Speech Language and Hearing Association National Convention×
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Professional Issues & Training / Language Disorders / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2014
The Effects of a Service Learning Workshop on the Intellectual Life of Graduate Students in Communication Disorders
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2014, Vol. 17, 27-35. doi:10.1044/aihe17.1.27
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, June 2014, Vol. 17, 27-35. doi:10.1044/aihe17.1.27

Service learning experiences provide students with the opportunity to utilize academic knowledge and develop professional skills related to higher level thinking, self-esteem, and the development of future workplace skills while assisting with a community's needs. A service learning project was developed to study its effects on graduate students studying communication disorders. Thirty-one graduate students assisted in the development and facilitation of a workshop focusing on the prevention of communication disorders for “at-risk” families. A survey and focus group were used to assess experienced and inexperienced graduate students' ability to utilize, apply, and develop academic, clinical, and personal skills related to students' diversity attitudes, engagement in the community, and interest in prevention. Overall findings indicate growth in all areas of assessment; specifically, students showed an increase in the development of clinical, personal, and academic skills; knowledge of prevention and related activities; and a greater understanding for the importance of prevention in communication disorders. Results suggest that participation in service learning experiences enhances students' academic, clinical, personal, and content-related knowledge, and increase their awareness and appreciation for their discipline.

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