Service learning collaboration: A formula for reciprocity



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Alliance for Strong Families and Communities


Service learning offers opportunities for both educational institutions and the community. To demonstrate the pos-sibilities this pedagogy can offer, this article discusses a service learning experience partnering students with a hospice agency. Using mixed methodology, impact on students, patients, and staff are examined. Results indicate that students improved their attitudes toward the elderly, and death and dying; they also believed the experience caused personal and professional growth. Interviews with patients highlighted the importance of relationships and recognition, and staff identified benefits to students, patients, and the hospice agency. The conclusion is made that service learning is best perceived in a light of reciprocity and that this method of engagement offers opportunities for educators and practitioners. Finally, some tips are given for practitioners interested in developing such collaborations.



Social work, Hospice care, Education


Lowe, L. A., & Medina, V. L. (2010). Service Learning Collaborations: A Formula for Reciprocity. Families in Society, 91(2), 127–134.