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ERIC Number: EJ1051060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Engaged Learning and Peace Corps Service in Tanzania: An Autoethnography
Darling, Brianna; Thorp, Laurie; Chung, Kimberly
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v18 n4 p17-38 2014
The Peace Corps Masters International program offers students the opportunity to combine their Peace Corps service with their master's education. This article demonstrates how classroom learning strengthened the author's Peace Corps service in Tanzania, which in turn strengthened her master's thesis. Peace Corps supports an approach to community development that situates Volunteers closely with people in power, but this makes it difficult for them to gain the participation of the poor and marginalized. How can one strike a balance between effectiveness and cultural appropriateness? As an outsider, how do one's relationships with community members affect project processes and outcomes? This autoethnography investigates the first author's learning experience in undertaking community development in Tanzania's southern highlands. Although the conclusions are specific to the case reported here, the learning process applies to others who are beginning to contemplate how they might enter a community, assess its needs, and do good work. [This article was written with John M. Kerr.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tanzania
Grant or Contract Numbers: SES-0924210