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ERIC Number: EJ807185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0736-0983
Making the Transition to Collaborative Service-Learning
Jones, Angela Lewellyn; Stein, Jeff; Kiser, Pamela
Planning for Higher Education, v36 n4 p17-22 2008
Academic service-learning is based on the value of university-community partnerships. But what about campus partnerships? Who on campus best understands and most effectively administers academic service-learning programs? Locating service-learning programs solely in academic affairs or student affairs departments certainly simplifies the process. But the traditional approach of assigning all things academic to faculty and all things cocurricular to student affairs neglects two fundamental academic service-learning principles: (1) the interconnected nature of psychosocial and cognitive development in transformative education; and (2) the democratic and collaborative underpinnings of academic service-learning pedagogy. Engstrom described three models of academic and student affairs relationships in service-learning efforts: (1) the "clearinghouse model"; (2) the "cooperation model"; and (3) the "collaboration model" (2003, pp. 71-73). Yet finding practical examples of such high-level collaboration can be difficult; further, how to construct a more collaborative and egalitarian relationship can also be unclear. In this article, the authors present a case study that examines the academic service-learning program at Elon University, focusing on the four key principles that helped Elon University shift its academic service-learning program from the cooperative to the collaborative model: (1) institutional support; (2) visible faculty leadership; (3) inherent value added by student affairs staff; and (4) a focus on academic integrity. The authors also discuss the positive outcomes of this transition for the university, faculty, students, and community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: North Carolina