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Building Partnerships for Service-Learning

ISBN: 978-0-7879-7122-9
400 pages
June 2003, Jossey-Bass
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It is clear that service-learning has the potential to yield tremendous benefits to students, communities, and institutions of higher education. Increased student learning has been well documented. As communities gain new energy to meet their needs and greater capacity to capitalize on their assets, service-learning enables higher education to fulfill its civic responsibility. When service-learning lives up to its potential to lead colleges and universities to transform themselves into fully engaged citizens of their communities and the world, its ability to bring about positive social change is limitless.

To be successful, service-learning must be grounded in a wide range of solid, reciprocal, democratic partnerships. Building Partnerships for Service-Learning assembles leading voices in the field to bring their expertise to bear on this crucial topic. Faculty, administrators, student leaders, and community and corporate leaders will find this volume filled with vital information, exemplary models, and practical tools needed to make service-learning succeed.

Comprehensive in scope, Building Partnerships for Service-Learning includes:

  • Fundamentals and frameworks for developing sustainable partnerships
  • Assessment as a partnership-building process
  • The complex dynamics of collaboration between academic affairs and student affairs
  • Partnering with students to enhance service-learning
  • How to create campuswide infrastructure for service-learning
  • Profiles and case studies of outstanding partnerships with neighborhoods, community agencies, and K-12 schools
  • Partnerships for collaborative action research
  • Exploring the challenges and benefits of corporate and international partnerships
  • The dynamic relationship of service-learning and the civic renewal of higher education

Building Partnerships for Service-Learning is the essential guide to taking service-learning and partnerships to the next level.

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Author Information

Barbara Jacoby is director of commuter affairs and community service at the University of Maryland, College Park and adviser to the president for America Reads * America Counts. She is the editor of the groundbreaking book Service-Learning in Higher Education published by Jossey-Bass. Jacoby is a sought-after speaker and consultant on service-learning.
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"This book supplies valuable theoretical and practical guidance in advancing partnerships in service-learning." (Planning for Higher Education, 5/1/2004)

"In my judgment, Jacoby has it exactly right. Creating effective, democratic, mutually beneficial, mutually respectful partnerships should be a primary, if not the primary, agenda for service-learning in the first decade of the twenty-first century."
— from the Foreword by Ira Harkavy, associate vice president and director, Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania

"The focus on partnerships could not be more timely! Service-learning requires colleges and universities to welcome communities into the 'academic tent,. and that requires specific partnership strategies. This book gives service-learning practitioners a comprehensive guide to building the effective relationships that are essential to service-learning success and sustainability."
— Barbara A. Holland, director, National Service-Learning Clearinghouse

"If colleges and universities are serious about civic engagement and service-learning, then they should heed the analysis and advice in Jacoby's book on how to structure and nurture partnerships that are supportive, equitable, and successful."
— Robert G. Bringle, Chancellor's Professor of Psychology and Philanthropic Studies and director, Center for Service and Learning, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

"This splendid volume should become indispensable for everyone interested in service-learning— those in community organizations who work with service-learning programs and those on campuses who are involved in service-learning. These essays will be invaluable aids in helping both groups to assist and learn from each other."
— Thomas Ehrlich, senior scholar, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

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