As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, the climate of catastrophic disasters and terrorist incidents continues to place demands upon professionals in the field of emergency management. This case study explores the perceptions of former graduate students, clients, and professors in gaining insight into how essential client-based service learning is to the preparedness of emergency management professionals enrolled in a Master of Public Administration in Emergency and Disaster Management program. The study assesses the use of this pedagogy by conducting in-depth interviews, focus groups, and observations. Limited research is available on the application and impact of client-based service learning as part of the current delivery practices found today in emergency management masters curricula.
Findings offer direction in future delivery practices and the challenges that occur among student, client and institutions of higher education offering emergency management programs. Students apply scholarship through the implementation of learned theories to practical problems for organizations in emergency preparedness planning. Client organizations and graduate students collaborate and share resources to produce common goals in the form of deliverables such as reports, plans and assessments.
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Carey, T. J. (2018). The utilization of client-based service-learning in emergency management graduate curricula for the 21st century. Journal of Homeland Security Education, 7, 13-28, https://ijspre.org/the-utilization-of-client-based-service-learning-in-emergency-management-graduate-curricula-for-the-21st-century