Service-learning is increasingly regarded as a high-impact pedagogy strategy in the field of speech-language pathology. It has been shown to mutually benefit speech-language pathology (SLP) graduate students and the communities they serve. The purpose of this study is to describe the process and impact of a service-learning-oriented assignment completed as part of a graduate-level class on school-age language disorders during the fall of 2020. Each of the 12 SLP students enrolled in the class volunteered to virtually tutor a child at risk for school failure for 10 hours. This role was a novel context for the graduate students. Analysis of student reflection papers suggested the SLP graduate students felt this experience positively influenced their ability to apply the course content and ultimately resulted in increased confidence entering the field as new clinicians.
"Positioning SLP Graduate Students to Meet the Needs of Vulnerable Children Virtually: Lessons from a Service Learning Project Implemented in the Fall of 2020,"
Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders: Vol. 6:
1, Article 9.
Available at: https://ir.library.illinoisstate.edu/tlcsd/vol6/iss1/9