Service Learning with Rural Older Adults

Etty Vandsberger, Marilyn Wakefield
2006 Journal of Intergenerational Relationships  
The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the effects of a service-learning project with rural older adults on social work students' choice of working professionally with older adults upon graduation. Service learning is a course-based community service experience designed to enhance students' understanding of course content while meeting an identified community need at the same time. The service-learning intergenerational project consisted of ten hours of faceto-face interaction
more » ... ace interaction between a BSW student and an older adult living in rural South West Virginia and the city of Charleston. Twenty-one undergraduate social work students attending the Micro Practice course participated in the study. Data collection consisted of face-to-face interviews guided by a set of open-ended questions. Data analysis revealed that participation in the intergenerational project did not change a students' choice of major but it increased their desire to explore the field of aging.
doi:10.1300/j194v03n04_06 fatcat:vbo2o5nmnncklbx3fgtm3p6yle