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ERIC Number: EJ1029931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
The Promise of a Community-Based, Participatory Approach to Service-Learning in Teacher Education
Tinkler, Alan; Tinkler, Barri; Gerstl-Pepin, Cynthia; Mugisha, Vincent M.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v18 n3 p209-232 2014
This article reports on how one teacher education program utilized a Learn and Serve America grant to embed service-learning experiences into its practices. Included are narrative reflections on how the program faculty developed a community-based, participatory approach to service-learning in order to act as a responsive partner to the needs of the local community. The experience of the team illuminates opportunities and challenges in how a community-based, participatory service-learning approach--which attends to the needs of community partners--can strengthen relationships between teacher education programs and the communities in which these programs are situated. The findings suggest that this type of approach can be a useful way to develop transformational service-learning relationships that support teacher education students in developing cultural competence related to inequities associated with poverty, race, and English language acquisition.
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Service Learning, School Community Relationship, Semi Structured Interviews, Participant Observation, Partnerships in Education, High Schools
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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