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Korean Journal of Child Studies 2018;39(4): 67-80.
doi: https://doi.org/10.5723/kjcs.2018.39.4.67
전공교육과 연계한 서비스-러닝이 예비 놀이치료자와 유아에게 미치는 영향
한유진 , 정선희
명지대학교 아동학과
The Effect of Service-Learning on Trainee Play Therapists and Preschoolers in Connection with Curriculum
You Jin Han , Sun Hee Chung
Department of Child Development and Education, Myoungji University, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence :  Sun Hee Chung ,Email: rt.sunny84@gmail.com
Received: April 30, 2018  Revised: June 23, 2018   Accepted: August 5, 2018

Therapists’ professional development and improvement of preschoolers’ social competence are of critical need, as these are associated with adaptability and future value. A structured educational strategy, to enhance trainee play therapists’ academic achievement, provides a safer environment for them to experience what it is like to do fieldwork. Moreover, service receivers have more confidence when community-based needs provided by offering psychological support at an institutional level. As confidence and therapeutic effectiveness are highly correlated, offering psychological support at an institutional level is a reasonable approach. In that, respect both are mutual and reciprocal. Therefore, to activate Service-Learning, this study aims to (1) explore the effect of Service-Learning on the professional development of trainee play therapists, and (2) explore the effect of Service-Learning on the social competence of preschoolers.
Service-Learning pedagogy in the curriculum—Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) and Play therapy internship class— was applied to investigate the effectiveness of Service-Learning. In addition, the developmental level of trainee play therapists (service provider) and the social competence of preschoolers (service receiver) were measured and analyzed.
Service-Learning pedagogy had a significant effect on both trainee play therapists’ development and preschoolers’ social competence.
This study found that Service-Learning is a pedagogical method that combines academic learning objectives with community-based needs and priorities, providing an opportunity for higher education institutions to meet these community needs.
Key Words: Service-Learning, trainee play therapist, preschooler, community
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