Twelve tips for implementing effective service learning

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Abstract

Service learning is an educational methodology that facilitates transformation of students’ knowledge, attitudes and attitudes around holistic care through work with community organizations. To implement academically, defensible service learning requires faculty endorsement, consideration of course credit, an enthusiastic champion able to negotiate agreements with organizations, organizations’ identification of their own projects so they are willing to both fund and supervise them, curricular underpinning that imparts the project skills necessary for success, embedding at a time when students’ clinical identity is being formed, small packets of curriculum elements delivered “just in time” as students engage with their project, flexible online platform/s, assessment that is organically related to the project, providing cross cultural up-skilling, and focused on the students’ responsibility for their own product. The result is a learning experience that is engaging for medical students, links the university to the community, and encourages altruism which is otherwise reported to decline through medical school.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume41
Issue number1
Early online date24 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019

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