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The primary purpose of this study was to explore students’ perceptions of a servicelearning course at a small, rural, state college. Throughout the semester-long course, the students learned about how to improve afterschool programs and childhood obesity in rural areas similar to the community that encompassed them. The class format consisted of both online discussions over articles, along with in-person meetings. Students then had the option to participate in a paid service opportunity to apply their knowledge in an after-school program; however, no students took part in this component of the class. Reasons the students could not participate in the afterschool program were discussed but most students believed participation would have been beneficial.
Educational Research: Theory and Practice
Dinkel, D., Warehime, S., Zurek, J., Welch, O., Leininger, K., McNeil, K., Rech, J.P., & Ryan, K. (2021). Student perceptions of service-learning course in a rural setting. Educational Research: Theory and Practice, 32(3), 31-37. http://www.nrmera.org/educational-research-theory-practice/ertp-past-issues/educational-research-theory-practice-volume-32-issue-3-2021/
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