A Tale of Two Communities: Improving Student Engagement Through Experiential Learning

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Sarah P. ShultzDepartment of Kinesiology, Seattle University, Seattle, WA, USA

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Julius MossDepartment of Kinesiology, Seattle University, Seattle, WA, USA

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Lisa L. HicksDepartment of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Sciences, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, USA

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Robert B. BrubeckDepartment of Kinesiology, Health and Sport Sciences, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, USA

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Community engagement creates evidence-based, experiential learning opportunities for kinesiology programs seeking to enhance student experiences through meaningful connections. We argue that increasing community engagement through hands-on experiential learning opportunities should serve as a model for effectively creating a stronger sense of belonging among kinesiology students. Two cases explore kinesiology program initiatives at private universities emphasizing activist learning models with established community-service pedagogy. Both cases conceptualize research activities, including the design and implementation phases, as well as relevant outcomes developed on the respective campuses. We discuss how experiential learning and community engagement enable students’ sense of belonging and improve student engagement outcomes for kinesiology programs.

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