ERIC Number: ED458654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
"In Loco Communitas": Service-Learning and the Liberal Arts.
Schwartzman, Roy; Phelps, Greg A.
This essay places service-learning within the liberal arts tradition of empowering others to help themselves. Such a contextualization departs from visions of the student as consumer or customer and education as a means to gain economic advantage in a competitive market. Attention then turns to how even well-intentioned service-learning projects might be co-opted in ways that foster community dependence on the services offered. Recommendations are included for a version of service-learning that navigates between political indoctrination and value-free objectivity. (Contains 54 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (87th, Atlanta, GA, November 1-4, 2001).