The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning
Randy Stoecker, Elizabeth A. Tryon, Amy Hilgendorf
Temple University Press, Aug 21, 2009 - Education - 232 pages
Service learning has become an institutionalized practice in higher education. Students are sent out to disadvantaged communities to paint, tutor, feed, and help organize communities. But while the students gain from their experiences, the contributors to The Unheard Voices ask, "Does the community?"
This volume explores the impact of service learning on a community, and considers the unequal relationship between the community and the academy. Using eye-opening interviews with community-organization staff members, The Unheard Voices challenges assumptions about the effectiveness of service learning. Chapters offer strong critiques of service learning practices from the lack of adequate training and supervision, to problems of communication and issues of diversity. The book's conclusion offers ways to improve service learning so that future endeavors can be better at meeting the needs of the communities and the students who work in them.
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Chapter 2 Motivations of Community Organizations for Service Learning
How Organizations Select Service Learners
Chapter 4 The Challenge of ShortTerm Service Learning
Training Supervising and Evaluating
Communication and Relationships
The Challenge of Diversity
Chapter 8 One Directors Voice