Including Service Learning in the Undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorders Curriculum: Benefits, Challenges, and Strategies for Success Purpose To describe some of the benefits of service learning (SL), considerations in course development and construction, and implementation and outcomes of an SL course in the undergraduate communication sciences and disorders (CSD) program at a small, public university in northwest Washington. Method A review of the literature ... Supplement Article
Supplement Article  |   December 01, 2011
Including Service Learning in the Undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorders Curriculum: Benefits, Challenges, and Strategies for Success
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Kimberly A. Peters
    Western Washington University, Bellingham
  • Correspondence to Kimberly A. Peters: kimberly.peters@wwu.edu
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Sheila Pratt
    Editor and Associate Editor: Sheila Pratt×
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School-Based Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Supplement: Using Service Learning to Enhance Undergraduate and Graduate Education in Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation
Supplement Article   |   December 01, 2011
Including Service Learning in the Undergraduate Communication Sciences and Disorders Curriculum: Benefits, Challenges, and Strategies for Success
American Journal of Audiology, December 2011, Vol. 20, S181-S196. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2011/10-0031)
History: Received August 3, 2010 , Revised December 28, 2010 , Accepted September 12, 2011
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2011, Vol. 20, S181-S196. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2011/10-0031)
History: Received August 3, 2010; Revised December 28, 2010; Accepted September 12, 2011
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Purpose To describe some of the benefits of service learning (SL), considerations in course development and construction, and implementation and outcomes of an SL course in the undergraduate communication sciences and disorders (CSD) program at a small, public university in northwest Washington.

Method A review of the literature on SL and a description of the author’s experience in course development are provided on the basis of a computerized database search, library search, and discussions with the Western Washington University Center for Service Learning.

Conclusions Teaching an SL course can present challenges to both faculty and students; nonetheless, incorporating SL into the undergraduate CSD curriculum is an excellent way of enriching the academic experience and improving critical-thinking skills of young students. SL provides hands-on opportunities for students to apply what they are learning in their CSD classes to real-world contexts, gain a better understanding of course content through engagement in real situations, and integrate information from a variety of courses in and outside of their major.

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