Pursuing a Purpose: The Role of Career Exploration Courses and Service-Learning Internships in Recognizing and Developing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Jamie J. Peterson, Clair Wardwell, Kelsey Will, Kristie L. Campana

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) undergraduate psychology students were able to articulate while engaging in a career preparation seminar with an embedded service-learning internship. Results from the students’ reflective journals indicated students were able to describe a wide range of KSAs used and gained in their service-learning internship: communication skills, interpersonal skills, and working effectively with diverse populations. Although students were initially apprehensive about the time commitment, ultimately they found it was manageable and worthwhile; they reported enjoying helping others, gaining necessary workplace skills, increasing their knowledge of diversity, and learning more about the value of their psychology degree.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)354-359
Number of pages6
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Copyright 2016 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • internships
  • practicum
  • service-learning

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