Research Article  |   July 2016
Impact of a Child-Based Health Promotion Service-Learning Project on the Growth of Occupational Therapy Students
Author Affiliations
  • Cynthia Lau, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, is Associate Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, Touro University Nevada, Henderson; cynthia.lau@tun.touro.edu
Article Information
Health and Wellness / Education of OTs and OTAs / Special Issue: Research Articles
Research Article   |   July 2016
Impact of a Child-Based Health Promotion Service-Learning Project on the Growth of Occupational Therapy Students
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 2016, Vol. 70, 7005180030p1-7005180030p10. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.021527
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 2016, Vol. 70, 7005180030p1-7005180030p10. doi:10.5014/ajot.2016.021527
Abstract

This phenomenological study revealed the lived experiences of occupational therapy students as they embarked on a semester-long volunteer health promotion service-learning project during their entry-level master’s program. Data analysis extrapolated themes from student journals, transcriptions of pre- and postinterviews, and field notes. Student roles were exemplified by what students wanted to learn, what they actually learned, and the unexpected benefits they experienced. In particular, issues with teaming, interprofessional development, and time management were discovered. The findings add to the growing literature about the benefits of service learning as a teaching strategy and how it facilitates mindfulness of community service, communication, and clinical reasoning of future therapists. Implications for learning and practice are discussed.