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"Student civic engagement may contribute significantly to ... the promotion of a more just and civil society" (from "Learning to Serve" by Kenny, et al.)

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Community-Based Learning Resources

In the opening pages of their book, Learning to Serve, Maureen Kenny, Lou Ann K. Simon, Karen Kiley-Brabeck, and Richard Lerner, claim that “service learning—and related programs promoting student civic engagement—may contribute significantly to student personal as well as academic development, to the vitality of higher education, to enhancing the quality of community life, and to the promotion of a more just and civil society…” (4)

Definitions

Community-Based Learning: “Students engage in actively addressing mutually defined community needs (as a collaboration between community partners, faculty, and students) as a vehicle for achieving academic goals and course objectives.”

Service Learning: “Students engage in community service activities with intentional academic and learning goals and opportunities for reflection that connect to their academic disciplines.”

From Christine M. Cress’, “What are Service-Learning and Civic Engagement,” in Learning through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities, Sterling VA: Stylus, 2013: 9.

 

Getting Started

Beckman, M., et al. "Maximizing the impact of community-based research." Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement 15.2 (2011): 83-104.

Bortolin, Kathleen. "Serving ourselves: How the discourse on community engagement privileges the university over the community." Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning 18, no. 1 (2011): 49-59.

Carter, M., et al. “Designing your Community-Based Learning Project: Five Questions to Ask about Pedagogical and Participatory Goals.” Teaching Sociology. Vol. 30. No.2 (April 2002): 158-173.

Cress, Christine M., Peter J. Collier, Vicki L. Reitenauer, and Associates. Learning through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities. 2nd Edition. Sterling VA: Stylus, 2013.

Strand, Kelly, et al. “Principles of Best Practice for Community-Based Research.” Michigan Journal of Community-Based Research (Spring 2003): 5-15.

Schoenfeld, Service Learning--Guide and Journal  (2004)

“What is Service Learning or Community Engagement,” Vanderbilt University

“Faculty Course Development Resources”, University of Richmond, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement

University of Michigan, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning

“Community Based Research,” University of South Carolina

 

Scholarly Research/ Best Practice/ Learning more

Casey, K., et al (eds). Advancing Knowledge in Service Learning, Information Age Publishing, Greenwich, CT (2006).

Kenny, S., et al (eds). Learning to Serve, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston and London (2002).

Dey, E. L. and Associates. Civic Responsibility: What is the Campus Climate for Learning? AAC&U, Washington, DC (2009).

Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

University of Michigan, Center for Research on Teaching and Learning

National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement 2012,  A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, AAC&U. Washington DC.