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ERIC Number: EJ988324
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
The Four Furies: Primary Tensions between Service-Learners and Host Agencies
Mills, Steven D.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v19 n1 p33-43 Fall 2012
This paper explores four potent tensions between service-learning students and their community agency hosts. These tensions result from naturally opposing perspectives and are reflected in the service-learning literature focused on criticism and complaint. Given the centrality of the alliance between service-learners and their community host co-educators, it is prudent for service-learning educators to confront the vulnerabilities inherent in this relationship. Each tension proposed here is elucidated by targeted responses from service-learners and agency hosts, and accompanied by procedural suggestions and adaptive frames for understanding and reconciling these potentially destructive dynamics when possible. A final discussion considers the implications of a cultural shift in service-learning where the costs of this pedagogical approach are more openly and thoroughly considered. (Contains 1 table.)
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
Identifiers - Location: Florida