Unheard Voices Community Organizations and Service Learning

ISBN-10: 1592139957
ISBN-13: 9781592139958
Edition: 2009
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Description: Service learning has become an institutionalized practice in higher education. Students are sent out to disadvantaged communities to paint, tutor, feed, and help organize communities. But while the students gain from their experiences, the  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 7/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Service learning has become an institutionalized practice in higher education. Students are sent out to disadvantaged communities to paint, tutor, feed, and help organize communities. But while the students gain from their experiences, the contributors toThe Unheard Voicesask, "Does the Community?" This volume explores the impact of service learning on a community, and considers the unequal relationship between the community and the academy. Using eye-opening interviews with community-organization staff members,The Unheard Voiceschallenges assumptions about the effectiveness of service learning. Chapters offer strong critiques of service learning practices from the lack of adequate training and supervision, to problems of communication and issues of diversity. The book's conclusion offers ways to improve service learning so that future endeavors can be better at meeting the needs of the communities and the students who work in them.

Randy Stoecker is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Toledo, and is the moderator/editor of COMM-ORG: The On-Line Conference on Community Organizing and Development (http://comm-org.utoledo.edu).nbsp; His areas of expertise include community organizing and development, participatory research/evaluation, and community information technology.nbsp; He has been involved in a wide variety of community-based participatory research projects and participatory evaluations with community development corporations, community organizing groups, and community information technology programs across North America and Australia.nbsp; He has also been helping build and evaluate university-community collaborations through the Bonner Foundation's Learn and Serve America Community Research Project.nbsp; Randy speaks and writes extensively on community organizing and development, community-based participatory research, and community information technology.nbsp; He is author of Defending Community (Temple University Press, 1994) and Community-Based Research and Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2003). You can find his complete vita at http://sasweb.utoledo.edu/vita/stoeckvita.htm.nbsp; He resides in Toledo, Ohio with his wife, daughter, and 50 pound standard poodle, but prefers Australia, where all the road signs say keep left.

Preface
Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning
Motivations of Community Organizations for Service Learning
Finding the Best Fit: How Organizations Select Service Learners
The Challenge of Short-Term Service Learning
Managing Service Learners: Training, Supervising, and Evaluating
The Heart of Partnership: Communication and Relationships
Service Learning in Context: The Challenge of Diversity
One Director's Voice
Principles for Success in Service Learning-The Three Cs
The Community Standards for Service Learning
Epilogue The Two Futures of Service Learning
References
Contributors
Index

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