DescriptionIt 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.