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ERIC Number: EJ790911
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8265
Who's Serving Whom? Partners, Process, and Products in Service-Learning Projects in South African Urban Geography
Oldfield, Sophie
Journal of Geography in Higher Education, v32 n2 p269-285 May 2008
The literature on service learning in geography courses has established and substantiated the importance and usefulness of such projects for student learning. In this paper the assumption is questioned that similar sets of benefits accrue to "community" participants, those involved who are located outside the university context. The research undertaken demonstrates that projects, and the research or "service" that they produce, are embedded in more complicated sociopolitical terrain that reflects not only the relationship between university and community, but also the complex ways in which organizations link to "communities" and residents with complex local identities and interests. Analysis of this topography demonstrates the context-specific structuring of partnerships, research processes and the consequent diverse "after-lives" of any research products that are produced. (Contains 3 figures and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa