Service learning collaborations: A formula for reciprocity

Laura Lowe, Victoria L Medina

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Service learning offers opportunities for both educational institutions and 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, death, and dying, and 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 agency. We conclude 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-134
JournalFamilies in Society
StatePublished - Apr 2010


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