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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161411
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Student Attitudes and Perceptions regarding Service Learning
Abstract:
Student Attitudes and Perceptions regarding Service Learning
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Schmidt, Nola
P.I. Institution Name:Valparaiso University
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, Valparaiso, IN, 46383-6493, USA
Service learning is a philosophy and educational strategy that integrates educational learning objectives with service objectives identified by a community partner. Students participate in educational experiences that foster reciprocal learning, critical thinking and reflection, and citizenship skills. Service learning experiences are differentiated from other types of learning by "their intention to equally benefit the provider and the recipient of the service as well as to ensure equal focus on both the service being provided and the learning that is occurring" (Furco, 1996, p.5). The purpose of this pilot project was to examine baccalaureate nursing student views about service learning in a junior level parent-child nursing course. In a 4-hour service learning experience, six students measured heights, weights, and blood pressures and provided anticipatory guidance for school-aged children attending a Catholic grade school. Afterwards, students wrote a paper reflecting on the experience. A pre- and post-experience survey was given to students to measure their attitudes and perceptions of community service. The survey focused on three areas: (a) attitudes about learning and service, (b) willingness to work in particular settings, and (c) knowledge of community health issues. Using t-tests, there were no significant changes in student attitudes regarding the first two foci; however, there were significant changes in students' perception of their knowledge and understanding of community health issues. Students also evaluated the experience, reporting satisfaction with the experience. Trends indicated that students perceived themselves to be less prepared for a service learning experience than they had anticipated and that this experience was not necessarily easier than their traditional clinical learning experience. Despite the limited exposure of the service learning experience, this pilot indicates that service learning can be a valuable learning experience; however, additional research is needed to determine if the experience changes attitudes or behavior regarding service.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleStudent Attitudes and Perceptions regarding Service Learningen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161411-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Student Attitudes and Perceptions regarding Service Learning</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Schmidt, Nola</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Valparaiso University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, Valparaiso, IN, 46383-6493, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">Nola.Schmidt@valpo.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Service learning is a philosophy and educational strategy that integrates educational learning objectives with service objectives identified by a community partner. Students participate in educational experiences that foster reciprocal learning, critical thinking and reflection, and citizenship skills. Service learning experiences are differentiated from other types of learning by &quot;their intention to equally benefit the provider and the recipient of the service as well as to ensure equal focus on both the service being provided and the learning that is occurring&quot; (Furco, 1996, p.5). The purpose of this pilot project was to examine baccalaureate nursing student views about service learning in a junior level parent-child nursing course. In a 4-hour service learning experience, six students measured heights, weights, and blood pressures and provided anticipatory guidance for school-aged children attending a Catholic grade school. Afterwards, students wrote a paper reflecting on the experience. A pre- and post-experience survey was given to students to measure their attitudes and perceptions of community service. The survey focused on three areas: (a) attitudes about learning and service, (b) willingness to work in particular settings, and (c) knowledge of community health issues. Using t-tests, there were no significant changes in student attitudes regarding the first two foci; however, there were significant changes in students' perception of their knowledge and understanding of community health issues. Students also evaluated the experience, reporting satisfaction with the experience. Trends indicated that students perceived themselves to be less prepared for a service learning experience than they had anticipated and that this experience was not necessarily easier than their traditional clinical learning experience. Despite the limited exposure of the service learning experience, this pilot indicates that service learning can be a valuable learning experience; however, additional research is needed to determine if the experience changes attitudes or behavior regarding service.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:20:55Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:20:55Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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