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ERIC Number: ED452572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Pages: 8
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Redefining Need in Community-University Partnerships: A Collaborative Perspective.
Jacobi, Tobi
Service learning discourses have often addressed questions of representation through reciprocity, asking what various participants receive from service learning community experiences. In the process of researching an article about reciprocity, a writing teacher found that reciprocity was often defined as an exchange of learning for some form of labor--learning something about gender (and finding a paper topic) in exchange for 20 hours of community work, for example. In this paper, the educator reframes reciprocity as need and begins by thinking about "need" and looking for a new perspective on service learning. The paper relates that the educator asked some questions about how community members understand the curricular goals of the writing classroom; how community members understand the ways service learning experiences are represented in the writing classroom; and whether the educator's own assignment design is meeting community members' expectations of student experiences. The author interacted with community representatives from 18 non-profit agencies at a community dialogue breakfast and presented student writing samples. Community members responded with questions about confidentiality, context, and representation. The paper considers some of these responses and names some needs that emerged from them. It concludes that thinking about need and reciprocity as a process allows educators to imagine service learning as an activity based on communication and collaborative action; as articulations of multiple and often unequal needs; and as negotiations and interactions between groups with different rules. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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