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ERIC Number: EJ1136132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1931-4744
Made in America? Assumptions about Service Learning Pedagogy as Transnational: A Comparison between Ireland and the United States
Iverson, Susan V.; Espenschied-Reilly, Amanda
International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v4 n2 Article 15 Jul 2010
Using exploratory, qualitative interviews, the authors studied conceptions of academic service-learning in the United States and the Republic of Ireland in order to elucidate the ways in which culture and social context shaped practitioners' perceptions and practices regarding service-learning pedagogy. Participants articulated a shared understanding of service-learning, identified similar barriers to utilizing service-learning and institutionalizing its practice, and discussed tensions surrounding the purpose of service-learning. However, Irish participants distanced their practice from the historical and cultural context of U.S. service-learning, demonstrating the process of localization. We conclude that the overarching tenets of service-learning may be transferable but the social, cultural, economic, historical, and political conditions of individual countries define how these are to be achieved.
Centers for Teaching & Technology at Georgia Southern University. IJ-SoTL, Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library 1301, Statesboro, GA 30460. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland; United Kingdom
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