Service Learning as a Transition into Foundation Field

Nancy P. Kropf, Mininder Tracey

Abstract


Service learning is a pedagogical method to bridge classroom and community
experiences for students. Although social work education has historically
emphasized this connection through internship experiences, service learning can fill
a different function within the curriculum. This article proposes a service learning
experience to assist graduate students with the transition into their foundation field
placement. Beneficial outcomes of using service learning as an educational bridge
are discussed for students, faculty, and the social work program.

Keywords


Service learning, socialwork education, curriculum, field practicum, community service

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