Changing Attitudes toward Older Adults through Bachelor of Social Work Service-Learning Projects



This evidence-based pedagogical approach encompasses service-learning projects via the lens of social exchange theory in working with older adults. The purpose of this study was to examine if bachelor of social work students’ attitudes changed positively after the completion of service learning projects that involved educational presentations for older adult audiences. Pre- and post-tests were administered to 90 students which indicated a statistically significant positive increase in measured attitudes. The process for the presentation projects is detailed and outlined as well as instructional advice and lessons learned regarding this pedagogical intervention. 

Author Biographies

Virginia Whitekiller, Department of Social Work Northeastern State University

Professor of Social Work

Eun-Jun Bang, Department of Social Work Northeastern State University

Associate Professor of Social Work