Blending community service and teaching to open vision care and eye health awareness to university students

Chi Wai Do, Lily Y.L. Chan, Horace H.Y. Wong, Geoffrey Chu, Wing Yan Yu, Peter C.K. Pang, Ming Yan Cheong, Patrick Wai Ki Ting, Chuen Lam, Chea Su Kee, Kwok Cheung Andrew Lam, Henry H.L. Chan

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Abstract

A vision care-based community service subject is offered to general university students for fulfillment of a service-learning compulsory credit requirement. Here, a professional health subject is taught in a way that caters to generalist learners. Students gain basic skills they can apply to provide vision screenings for the needy population. All enrolled undergraduates had no background in eye health-related subjects. The teaching was not content-driven, requiring students' direct recall of facts. Rather, the teaching focused on Socratic teaching of logical theories and applications. The objective was to increase awareness of current eye care problems using case examples. Students learned to appreciate ways to promote active outreach services. Through activities and project work, students learned and practiced strong teamwork and direct application of knowledge in community-based eye care services. This learning experience demonstrates emergence of authentic practice from theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-92
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
Volume20
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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