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ERIC Number: EJ1138093
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Beyond Superheroes and Sidekicks: Empowerment, Efficacy, and Education in Community Partnerships
Stanlick, Sarah; Sell, Marla
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v23 n1 p80-84 Fall 2016
To support the work of service-learning and community engagement (SLCE) being done in a high-quality, sustainable way, ("Combining Service and Learning: A Resource Book for Community and Public Service"), Kendall offered three Principles of Good Practice: (1) integrating service-learning programs into the central mission and goals of the schools and agencies where they are based; (2) establishing a balance of power between educational and community partners; and (3) wedding reflection to experience. Stanlick and Sell state that they are still grappling with Kendall's recommendations, notably establishing a balance of power in partnerships. They raise some thought provoking questions and provide answers for: (1) How do we establish a balance of power in genuine, life-giving ways- ways that support the self-actualization and growth of all stakeholders? (2) How do we ensure that partnerships are flexible, inclusive, and encouraging of the growth of everyone involved? (3) How do we avoid the pitfalls of dysfunctional helping when power is unbalanced and community partners are diminished or paralyzed by the social and economic privilege of the academy? (4) In what ways can we build a culture of humility and reciprocity to bring about a balanced power dynamic? [Note: Publication date of Spring 2017 indicated on PDF; publication date of Fall 2016 indicated via URL.]
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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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