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ERIC Number: ED464339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Mar-21
Pages: 26
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Service-Learning's Flaw: What's Community Got To Do With It?
Gorelick, Risa P.
"Writing the Community: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Composition" (1997, Adler-Kassner, et. al.) begins with calling the inclusion of service-learning curricula into college-level composition a "microrevolution" rather than a trend. However, a review of the service-learning composition literature illustrates that the discussion of community has been mostly absent from this "microrevolution." The central issue examined in this study is that no one can agree what is meant by the term community in service-learning writing endeavors. To address the issue, the research employs a case study of nine first-year college women and their professor involved in what Thomas Deans considers a "writing 'about' the community" service-learning composition course at a private east coast liberal arts college. Students are analyzed through their course portfolios and interviews to see how they conceptualize community in their service-learning site placements. Their professor's profile provides an understanding of how she conceives the term "community" in her classroom as an example of how other faculty can incorporate discussions of community into their service-learning courses. This paper provides a sketch of Parker Palmer's community models (marketing, civic, and therapeutic) by examining three of the original nine students in the study through the writing in their course portfolios. The paper concludes that just as compositionists have come to see writing as a process, those who employ service-learning in their writing courses will also see a process to how students negotiate through the models of community. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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