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ERIC Number: EJ1123317
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Feminine and Feminist Ethics and Service-Learning Site Selection: The Role of Empathy
Bowdon, Melody; Pigg, Stacey; Mansfield, Lissa Pompos
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v24 n1-2 p57-82 2015
This article is a response to calls for more research on empathy and service-learning and is driven by the author team's deep interest in how empathy, gender, and personal connections shape students' service-learning experiences. To understand this issue, they have focused on an often-overlooked moment in the student's service-learning experience: choosing a site in which to work. The article begins by providing some background on the literature about the connections between gender and empathy in service-learning classes and about service-learning site selection. Then, through the responses of survey participants and the voices of two interview participants, the authors explore some factors that influence students' site selections and consider what role(s) empathy might play in those selections as well as in students' actual service experiences. The article concludes with some suggestions of valuable practices that feminist teachers of service-learning courses might use to promote a model of civic engagement that honors students', instructors', and community partners' feelings and experiences and encourages each of these groups to make productive and socially connected choices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida (Orlando)
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