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The Family Life Education Methodology course, utilizing service-learning, offers students the opportunity to operate as professionals by constructing preventative programming for a community partner. Under the guidance of a faculty member, they undertake the same process that a professional in the field would utilize in constructing programming. This process allows for multiple instances of high-impact practices identified by Kuh (2008) and, when paired with the theory of perspective transformation forwarded by Mezirow, provides an opportunity for students to problem-solve for the community while fostering a more fully developed sense of Family Life Education in practice and as future professionals.

Dr. Scott Tobias is an assistant professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State University at Stark in North Canton, Ohio.


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