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ERIC Number: EJ1182836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Approaching Critical Service-Learning: A Model for Reflection on Positionality and Possibility
Latta, Mark; Kruger, Tina M.; Payne, Lindsey; Weaver, Laura; VanSickle, Jennifer L.
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v22 n2 p31-55 2018
Mitchell (2008) asks faculty to adopt "a 'critical' approach to community service learning" (p. 50), one that focuses on social change, redistribution of power, and the development of authentic relationships. However, the path of transformation from "traditional" to "critical" service-learning practices remains unexplored. In this autoethnographic reflective essay, five individuals share their journey from higher education institutions as they engaged in a community of practice examining their own questions, assumptions, experiences, and positionality to more fully understand critical service-learning (CSL). This essay documents self-discovery through an iterative reflection process, detailing the approach used to examine CSL and interrogate the relationship between positionality and critical theory. This process provides a roadmap for service-learning practitioners interested in developing their own critical consciousness. Key outcomes include a conceptual model positioning CSL on a spectrum, in which one may approach without necessarily achieving social change, and the development of a toolkit of CSL resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana