Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Sixth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Peer actions for a service learning project to prevent drug-facilitated sexual assaults
Gloria Quintanilla, Fernando E. Ortega-Ojeda, Carmen García-Ruiz, Pablo Prego-Meleiro, Carmen Figueroa Navarro, Begoña Bravo-Serrano, María Ruth García-Pernía, Felix Zapata, María José González-Muñoz, Carmen J. Mateos-Vega, Gemma Montalvo

Last modified: 25-04-2020


The service-learning methodology combines active learning processes and community service. This service-learning experience was performed using an interdisciplinary and cross plan. The teachers made a horizontal coordination in the courses, and a vertical coordination in subjects of the Degrees involved. This allowed working together in the students’ curricular training process. It also permitted covering various specific skills, as corresponds to the different subjects, whilst optimizing the students’ workload.

The service addressed the problem of drug-facilitated sexual assaults (DFSA) in the youth leisure nightlife. DFSA is the temporary disability of a person caused by a decrease in her/his volitional and cognitive abilities due to the voluntary or involuntary consumption of a psychoactive substance. An active learning about the problem was encouraged in the classroom, focused on recognizing myths, attitudes, and risk situations.

The service-learning actions to the community was based on an anonymous survey conducted among the students, which dealt with the problem. The Service Learning was stimulated through the design, planning and development of activities aimed at gaining social awareness of the existing problem while favouring peer learning processes.

The students undertook awareness actions at different levels, spreading their message by means of social networks, high school workshops, and information stands on the street.

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