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ERIC Number: EJ1215848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1554-480X
Sleepless in Albuquerque: Diversity, Learning through Service, and Pedagogy of Exploration
Doerr, Neriko Musha
Pedagogies: An International Journal, v14 n2 p109-125 2019
Community service trips are often viewed as educational because students supposedly cross socio-economic, racial, and other borders to engage with people of various backgrounds. However, diversity among students, their differing experiences of the service trip, and the ways they learn from each other's experiences are rarely discussed. Based on ethnographic research conducted during an alternative spring break trip from the north-eastern United States to New Mexico in 2014, this article examines student narratives about their diverse experiences -- particularly regarding staying at a hostel and going on hikes -- and shows how they learned about the construction of differences from sharing their experiences. This article's findings challenge the preconceived border between volunteers and the community members they work for as the only difference and show that service trips are often culturally biased in favour of white middle-class experiences. The article suggests "pedagogy of exploration" that encourages students to examine their own diverse experiences and what caused that diversity.
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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: New Mexico (Albuquerque)