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ERIC Number: EJ1182839
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-6102
Fostering eABCD: Asset-Based Community Development in Digital Service-Learning
Shah, Rachael W.; Troester, Jennifer Selting; Brooke, Robert; Gatti, Lauren; Thomas, Sarah L.; Masterson, Jessica
Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, v22 n2 p189-221 2018
The continuing expansion of digital service-learning is bringing emergent dynamics to the field of community engagement, including the challenge of fostering asset-based views of community partners in online spaces. "Online disinhibition" ("Suler," 2004) can prompt harsh critique or insensitive language that would not have occurred during face-to-face relationships. Traditionally, the field of community engagement has drawn on asset-based community development ("Kretzmann & McKnight," 1993), which calls for relationship-driven, asset-based, and internally focused partnerships, to encourage ethical and positive interactions with community members. However, this theory was not originally intended for digital, text-based interactions. This article explores how aspects of asset-based community development might be enacted in online partnerships, in electronic asset-based community development (eABCD). A case study of a digital writing partnership between college students and rural youth is used to illustrate how students can be supported in asset-based, relationship-driven, and internally focused interactions in online service-learning collaborations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska (Lincoln)