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ERIC Number: EJ888074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 53
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Good Intentions Pave the Way to Hierarchy: A Retrospective Autoethnographic Approach
Tilley-Lubbs, Gresilda A.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v16 n1 p59-68 Fall 2009
I explore certain complexities of partnering university students with members of the Mexican and Honduran immigrant community through service-learning. I reveal how my "good intentions" inadvertently created social hierarchy and deficit notions of the community, establishing the students as "haves" and community members as "have-nots." Critically examining my practices, I reflect on the service-learning instructor's role in fostering reciprocal relationships based on non-hierarchical constructs when bringing seemingly disparate groups together in service-learning partnerships. (Contains 4 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: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A