Student Perceptions of Social Responsibility and Community Engaged Learning: Validation of a Survey for Health Professionals.
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“Community-engaged” learning is recognized as an important pedagogy in health professions education, yet assessment of student attitudes related to its impact on social responsibility as part of their professional formation remains a challenge. The Higher Education Service Learning Survey (HESLS) has been used in university settings to gauge student perceptions of civic responsibility associated with general volunteerism in communities. The HESLS was not appropriate for health professions service, but questions from the HESLS guided development of a scale to assess physical therapy students’ perceptions of social responsibility associated with participation in health-related community service. Although preliminary data revealed positive changes, the modified survey’s methodological properties had not been established. The purpose of this study was to explore reliability and criterion validity for use of the modified scale with doctoral students from the professions of Occupational Therapy (OT), Pharmacy and Physical Therapy (PT).