Outcomes of an International Audiology Service-Learning Study-Abroad Program Purpose The purpose of this study was to evaluate students' academic and civic learning, with particular interest in cultural competence, gained through participation in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in Zambia study-abroad program. Method Twelve female students participated in the program. Quantitative data collected included pre- and ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   March 01, 2016
Outcomes of an International Audiology Service-Learning Study-Abroad Program
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lata A. Krishnan
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • K. Andrew R. Richards
    Northern Illinois University, DeKalb
  • Jennifer M. Simpson
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Lata A. Krishnan: krishnal@purdue.edu
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / International & Global / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   March 01, 2016
Outcomes of an International Audiology Service-Learning Study-Abroad Program
American Journal of Audiology, March 2016, Vol. 25, 1-13. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0054
History: Received September 14, 2015 , Revised November 4, 2015 , Accepted November 18, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, March 2016, Vol. 25, 1-13. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-15-0054
History: Received September 14, 2015; Revised November 4, 2015; Accepted November 18, 2015

Purpose The purpose of this study was to evaluate students' academic and civic learning, with particular interest in cultural competence, gained through participation in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in Zambia study-abroad program.

Method Twelve female students participated in the program. Quantitative data collected included pre- and postprogram administration of the Public Affairs Scale (Levesque-Bristol & Cornelius-White, 2012) to measure changes in participants' civic learning. Qualitative data included journals, end-of-program reflection papers, videos, and researcher field notes. Feedback was also obtained from community-partner organizations via a questionnaire and rating scale.

Results Comparison of the pre- and postprogram Public Affairs Scale data showed a significant increase in cultural competence and a marginal increase in community engagement at the conclusion of the program. Qualitative data showed that participants' cultural awareness was increased, they benefited from hands-on learning, and they experienced a variety of emotions and emotional and personal growth.

Conclusions Results show that a short-term study-abroad program with a service-learning component can be a mechanism for students to enhance academic and civic learning, specifically cultural competence and clinical skills. Sustainability of programs is a challenge that needs to be addressed.

Acknowledgments
This program was subsidized by a Study Abroad and International Learning grant, awarded to Lata A. Krishnan and Jennifer M. Simpson, and a Service-Learning Faculty Development grant, awarded to Lata A. Krishnan, both from Purdue University. We would like to express our deep appreciation to Alfred Mwamba and Chisomo Selemani for their assistance in helping us develop and organize the program. We are also extremely grateful to all our community-partner organizations in Zambia for allowing us the privilege to work with them and the families that they serve, and to all the children and families that we worked with in Zambia.
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