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ERIC Number: EJ1150955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Connecting SLCE with Sustainability in Higher Education: Cultivating Citizens with an Ecocentric Vision of Justice
Wright, Catherine; Keel, Melanie; Fleurizard, Tyrone
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v23 n2 p165-169 Spr 2017
An important future direction for service-learning and community engagement (SLCE) is to collaborate with the sustainability in higher education (SHE) movement. SHE is a diverse, transdisciplinary area of inquiry and practice that seeks to help lead efforts to create a "thriving, equitable and ecologically healthy world." When SLCE seriously attends to ecological sustainability--when it becomes ecocentric--the movement can cultivate ecologically-literate, place-engaged, planetary citizens who value and nurture justice for both human and other-than-human inhabitants. When SLCE and SHE collaborate, there will be contributing members of a comprehensive Earth community and Earth's "inarticulate but not silent" ecologies as stakeholders and partners in transforming human communities. This thought piece builds on and pushes the conversation of SLCE and SHE by suggesting that the patterns of thinking, pedagogies, values, and worldviews characterizing the SHE movement can add helpful nuance and depth to place-engaged SLCE. In exploring the possibilities of collaboration between the SLCE and SHE movements, the authors draw heavily on the 2016 literature review of SHE provided by Viegas, Vaz, Borchardt, Pereira, Selig, and Varvakis; rather than including multiple citations in this piece, the authors encourage readers interested in learning more to read that article. The importance of SLCE-SHE collaboration is glimpsed in a vignette presented in this article offered by co-author Tyrone, a Wingate University undergraduate who participated in ecocentric SLCE courses and applied what he learned in his work with Project Morry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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