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Service learning projects (SLPs) have been shown to be an effective method for students to garner real-world learning, enhance students’ knowledge and attitudes related to professional issues, and foster commitment to service while offering meaningful service to their communities. During the didactic portion of PT education, students are often limited to classroom experiences and practicing with classmates, which is not an authentic representation of the intricacies of the older adult population. SLPs give students the opportunity to improve their skills and develop professionally while also generating a positive impact within the community. This reciprocity is an underlying premise of service learning where both the needs of the server and those being served must be addressed. PT programs have integrated SLPs to enhance professional values, cultural awareness and independent learning.
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Nash, Jen, "Framework for Integrating Service Learning Projects into Healthcare Curricula" (2020). UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo. 106.