Dr.Louise Keegan: Community Connections in Speech Pathology
"The students in my 'Adult Language Disorders' capstone class have been spending at least one hour per week in the community working with older adults that are residents of a variety of different long-term care and rehabilitation facilities. I and a graduate student, Logan Carter, have been conducting research on this process, qualitatively analyzing the reflections and assignments of these students. All students have reported that this has been an exceptionally positive experience. Our results show that the civic engagement experience has not only enhanced their learning of class material, but also aided in the development of their own identities as future Speech-Language Pathologists.
"Logan and I plan to present this information at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Annual Convention in Orlando on Saturday November 22nd 2014. This information will hopefully inform others, in the field of Speech-Language Pathology, that civic engagement can have a profoundly positive impact on the learning and identity development of these students."