ERIC Number: EJ789119
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Service-Learning in the Deaf-Blind Community
Shaw, Sherry; Jolley, Carolyn S.
Journal of Experiential Education, v30 n2 p134-152 Fall 2007
The concurrent conditions of deafness and blindness present a set of unique needs within a community that highly values independence and autonomy. This project assesses the service-learning initiative in a post-secondary Interpreter Education Program (IEP) in which students learn via civic engagement with the Deaf-Blind community to employ concepts and skills acquired from coursework. In 2005, several years after implementing service-learning in the Interpreting for Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind course, the program assessed project efficacy through reflective journal analysis and stakeholder interviews. Results indicated dominant themes around Deaf-Blind consumer empowerment, personal attitudes, coping strategies, and application of experiences to specific topics addressed in class. Outcomes of this assessment are being used to revise the course so as to align objectives more closely with needs of students and community entities that serve persons who are Deaf-Blind.
Descriptors: Deaf Blind, Service Learning, Program Effectiveness, Postsecondary Education, Coping, Empowerment, Attitudes, Experience, College Students, Deaf Interpreting, School Community Programs, Student Participation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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