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ERIC Number: EJ905171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Shifts in Perspective: Capitalizing on the Counter-Normative Nature of Service-Learning
Clayton, Patti H.; Ash, Sarah L.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v11 n1 p59-70 Fall 2004
Service-learning is a unique pedagogy, and its very differences from traditional teaching and learning strategies make it both appealing and challenging to implement. Students and faculty alike are the products of traditional learning environments and often find service-learning unfamiliar and, as a consequence, experience dissonance, discomfort, and uncertainty. Confronting the difficulties students and faculty at our North Carolina State University have faced in adjusting to these differences has helped the authors to realize the importance of making "shifts in perspective" in how to understand and enact teaching and learning and service. This article shares the authors' emerging understanding of these "shifts" and how students and faculty can be supported in undertaking them effectively. The central conclusion is that reflecting on the differences between service-learning and more traditional pedagogies, and on ways to make the associated shifts in perspective and practice, can help practitioners to implement service-learning successfully and more fully tap its power to nurture the capacity for self-directed learning. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure, and 1 note.)
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 - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina