Service learning collaborations: A formula for reciprocity

Laura A. Lowe, Victoria L. Medina

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Service learning offers opportunities for both educational institutions and the community. To demonstrate the possibilities this pedagogy can offer, this article discusses a service learning experience partnering students with a hospice agency. Using mixed methodology, impact on students, patients, and staff are examined. Results indicate that students improved their attitudes toward the elderly, and death and dying; they also believed the experience caused personal and professional growth. Interviews with patients highlighted the importance of relationships and recognition, and staff identified benefits to students, patients, and the hospice agency. The conclusion is made that service learning is best perceived in a light of reciprocity and that this method of engagement offers opportunities for educators and practitioners. Finally, some tips are given for practitioners interested in developing such collaborations. & 2010 Alliance for Children and Families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-134
Number of pages8
JournalFamilies in Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010


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