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ERIC Number: EJ1013496
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Points of Discomfort: Reflections on Power and Partnerships in International Service-Learning
Sharpe, Erin K.; Dear, Samantha
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v19 n2 p49-57 Spr 2013
In the field of international service-learning (ISL) there is an increasing call for practitioners to engage in critical reflection of the experiential aspects of their ISL programs. We take up this call by turning our attention to one particular dimension of our ISL course: our relationship with our host partner. Our analysis is grounded in our experience as ISL practitioners, and we use our own "points of discomfort"--the moments in which our relationship with our host partner was unsettling or agitating--as our starting point. Throughout, we show how these "agitated interactions" suggested contradictions between the rhetoric and the reality of ISL and led us to question the distinctiveness of the ISL identity, the practicality of reciprocity as a guiding framework, and where ISL fits within the ongoing colonialist project. We have emerged from this reflective process with a more "encumbered" view of ISL practice, yet have found many ways to move forward from this new perspective.
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cuba
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