Graduate and Undergraduate Student Development As a Result of Participation in a Grief Education Service Learning Course

Laura S. Wheat


Limited research exists on the role service learning can play in helping students understand loss and grief. Through semi-structured interviews with students and instructors, online surveys, and course feedback, this qualitative case study examined the experiences of 15 university students in an outreach course working with grieving K-12 students. Students self-reported gaining greater intra- and interpersonal understanding and grief processing self-efficacy. Instructors emphasized intentionality and the intertwined nature of course experiences influencing meaning making.


outreach, loss, mentoring, experiential learning

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