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ERIC Number: EJ852918
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Toward a Social Approach to Learning in Community Service Learning
Cooks, Leda; Scharrer, Erica; Paredes, Mari Castaneda
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v10 n2 p44-56 Spr 2004
The authors describe a social approach to learning in community service learning that extends the contributions of three theoretical bodies of scholarship on learning: social constructionism, critical pedagogy, and community service learning. Building on the assumptions about learning described in each of these areas, engagement, identity, and community are key concepts through which learning can be questioned and evaluated. The authors offer assessment concepts based on the social approach, such as privileging the absent, engaging resistance, and terms for identity and practice. Techniques for assessing learning are also included, such as using videotape and cross-group focus groups. (Contains 1 figure and 2 notes.)
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: N/A
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Language: English
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