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ERIC Number: ED546031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 289
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-8572-1
Reciprocal Exchange: Understanding the Community Partner Perspective in Higher Education Service-Learning
Petri, Alexis Nicolle
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri - Kansas City
This study investigates service-learning from the community partners' perspective, especially in terms of reciprocity. As a central construct in the theory of service-learning, reciprocity for community partners is virtually unknown. Little scholarship exists that explains or explores the benefits and opportunity costs of service-learning. One purpose of this study is to help higher education become better informed about how communities contribute to the education of students involved in service-learning and how colleges and universities can take steps to ensure reciprocity. This qualitative study uses constructivist grounded theory to gain insight into the experiences of community partners with service-learning at the collegiate level. The study sought to answer the following research questions: What are the community partners' experiences with higher education service-learning? Reciprocity is a definitional characteristic of service-learning. Do community organizations experience reciprocity when they partner with institutions of higher education for service-learning? How does higher education service-learning contribute to the community organizations where students do their service-learning? From the community partner perspective, what do their organizations contribute to student service-learners? All twenty-four participants in the study are community partners for service-learning associated with Rockhurst University. Individual interviews, Donor Edge organization profiles, and the Rockhurst University self-study for the Carnegie Elective Classification in Community Engagement were utilized for data collection and analysis. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri