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ERIC Number: EJ852919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Service-Learning and the Downsizing of Democracy: Learning Our Way out
Koliba, Christopher J.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v10 n2 p57-68 Spr 2004
Does service-learning contribute to the privatizing or downsizing of citizenship practices, a claim recently leveled by Crenson and Ginsberg (2002), or can service-learning be understood and practiced as a vital antidote to this troubling trend? The author revisits a theme often raised within the service-learning and civic education literature regarding the relationship between service-learning and citizenship development, particularly, the apolitical nature of most service activities and student outcomes. By asserting the importance of intentionality and transparency, the author claims that service-learning activities find their value to citizenship development when: space is created for political dialogue; the nature of service is deconstructed; a community assets outlook is adopted; students are asked to refine their perspective-taking skills; and service-learning is understood within a broader movement of institutional reform. (Contains 1 figure.)
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 - Research
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Language: English
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