The objective of this project was to evaluate impacts on students enrolled in a third tier service-learning course promoting leadership, cultural competence, and civic responsibility. For 4 semesters, we implemented a structured service-learning course for undergraduates focusing on childhood obesity prevention. In addition to class expectations, students worked with low-income, minority children in urban, after-school programs. We assessed student outcomes pre- and post- with qualitative measures: focus groups and reflection assignments and quantitative, validated instruments: the Cross-Cultural Adaptability Inventory.
Project Evaluation and Results
NACTA/SERD (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture/Science Education and Resources Development) 2008 Annual Conference. Pierce MB, Sawyer V, Poehlitz PM, Ferris AM. (2008) Community field experience promotes service-oriented careers. NACTA/SERD (Abstr. 118). Power point presentation with embedded notes. (.pdf)
Poster presented at the annual conference of the Society for Nutrition Education Pierce MB, Sawyer V, Ferris AM. (2008) Community field experience fosters relationships and personal growth. J Nutr Edu Behav 40S.
Michelle Pierce, PhD, RD
Meredith Poehlitz, RD
Vanessa Sawyer, MS, RD
Service Learning Course Content
Exercises - Nutrition/Physical Activity Curriculum
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