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Academic Service Learning: Extending CSD Student Development Beyond the Classroom . Mona R. Griffer, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, BRCLS Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ann M. Jablonski, Ph.D. Department of Education E-mail: email@example.com
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Mona R. Griffer, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, BRCLS
Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Ann M. Jablonski, Ph.D.Department of Education
Faculty, professional staff, administrators, and student members of
Marywood University’s ASL Committee (2005) offer the following
Academic service learning is a structured educational experience integrated into the curriculum that includes the following objectives:
Fundamental components of well-designed ASL
programs/experiences incorporate the following:
knowledge of content
depth of reflection
Challenge: Linking the service component directly to course curriculum
Solution: The Service-Learning Quadrant
Source: Erickson, J. A. & Anderson, J. B. (eds.) (1997). Learning with the community: Concepts and models for service-learning in teacher education. Washington, DC: American Association for Higher Education
Challenges: Finding appropriate community partners &
Determining reciprocal benefits
Challenge: Balancing traditional pedagogies with experiential learning that includes opportunities for reflection
Challenge: Appropriate assessment and evaluation of student learning
Challenge: Time commitment
ASL experiences include clinical practicum opportunities in the area of
early intervention and cognitive-linguistic rehabilitation and oral-motor/feeding
with the geriatric population.
St. Joseph’s Center Mother-Infant Home (SJCMIH)
This community-based program houses and provides various services
to qualified single women who are pregnant or who have recently given
birth. Infants-toddlers born to single mothers are identified as an at-risk
population. These at-risk infants and toddlers receive comprehensive
communication assessments, and as needed, therapeutic interventions
to facilitate communication development.
Our Lady of Peace Residence (OLP)
This facility serves as a residence for aging and infirmed IHM
Sisters. Many of the Sisters exhibit dementia and related disorders as
well as benefit from using adaptive equipment for therapeutic feeding.
Both the SJCMIH and OLP settings provide excellent opportunities for
graduate students in SLP to provide comprehensive communication-language
and/or oral-motor-feeding evaluations for these special clinical populations.
Discussions with the Program Administrators at these facilities have identified
the need for these services, since the programs do not include funding to
employ speech-language pathologists.
Choctaw Indian Reservation
During the 2005 Spring Break, an academic service-learning trip was planned
that involved taking students majoring in CSD or Education to the Choctaw
Indian Reservation in Philadelphia, Mississippi. Students worked in early
intervention, Head Start (Preschool), and elementary school programs. Under
supervision, CSD students provided speech-language screenings for 130
children and meet with the educational staff to discuss results and
recommendations. Education students conducted classroom observations and
assisted teachers with instructional strategies. Immersing students in
multicultural experiences, which bridge academic curricula and service…fosters
learning that transcends traditional classroom experiences (Griffer, 2006).
Scranton, PA: Marywood University.