Community engagement has become highly valued in higher education environments. The literature indicates the importance of partnerships between universities and public schools within the context of education reform; however, various other disciplines such as therapeutic recreation, speech therapy, and occupational therapy benefit from the applied experiences that a university-school partnership provides. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Project Therapeutic Recreation in Public Schools (Project TRiPS) serves as a model for the development of effective university-school partnerships. This collaborative affiliation developed between the University of Tennessee’s Recreation and Leisure Studies program and Knox County, Tennessee schools embodies what a practical partnership can do to serve students with disabilities in a public school setting. This case report provides an in-depth description of Project TRiPS and how students are able to apply assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation in the context of a service learning experience. Secondary to this description, this report discusses anecdotal evidence concerning benefits for both the university students and the public school students who take part in the program.
Author Steven N. Waller, Angela J. Wozencroft
Volume Vol 44, No 3 (2010)