Service-Learning in Occupational Therapy Education: by Kathleen Flecky, Lynn Gitlow

By Kathleen Flecky, Lynn Gitlow

Service-Learning in Occupational remedy schooling: Philosophy and perform explores using service-learning as a pedagogical software for educators to augment occupational treatment scholars wisdom and talents within the components of serious pondering and challenge fixing, range, health and wellbeing promoting, group concerns, social justice and citizenship. those parts are consultant of center talents wanted via occupational treatment pros for occupation-based perform within the twenty first century. this article describes philosophical and theoretical rules of service-learning in courting to occupational treatment philosophical and pedagogical traditions. powerful service-learning academic thoughts and experiential purposes of occupational treatment in the neighborhood are highlighted during the presentation of case reports of provider- studying projects in occupational remedy courses around the usa. Examples of the way to layout, enforce and determine service-learning initiatives and partnerships are supplied besides insights and classes realized from school accomplishing service-learning.

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In other words, if learning outcomes clearly delineate the reason for participating in the service project, students report being more positive about their service than if they provide service that has no clear learning-related outcomes (Moely, Furco, & Reed, 2008; Hoppes, Bender, & DeGrace, 2005). Moreover, students who participate in community-service projects in schools that clearly articulate a mission of service are more positive about their service experiences. This is nothing new for occupational therapy, because we recognize the importance of context to meaningful and purposeful occupation (AOTA, 2008b).

Royeen, C. B. ). (2003). Perspectives on Human Occupation: Participation in Life. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. , & Rubin, M. S. (2001). Methodological challenges and potential solutions for the incorporation of sound community-based research into service-learning. In A. Furco & S. H. ), Service-learning: The essence of the pedagogy (pp. 161–182). Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing. Lashley, M. (2007). Nurses on a mission: A professional service learning experience with the inner city homeless.

The Kellogg Foundation, in its report “Leadership Reconsidered: Engaging Higher Education in Social Change,” identified a leader as a person who is prepared to be an agent of positive change in the community. , 2006). In order to educate students to be leaders, institutions of higher learning must “be engaged in the work of society and the community, modeling effective leadership and problem solving skills, demonstrating how to accomplish change for the common good” (Astin & Astin, 2000, p. 2).

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