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Beyond service learning: Toward community schools and reflective community learners

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Title: Beyond service learning: Toward community schools and reflective community learners
Author(s): Bishop, Ann Peterson; Bruce, Bertram C.; Jeong, Sunny
Subject(s): Service learning Community inquiry Progressive Education Participatory action research Social entrepreneurship Community Informatics Paseo Boricua Community Informatics Initiative Booker T. Washington After-School Library Program Prairienet Korean Cultural Center Paseo Boricua Community Library Project Outreach Public engagement
Abstract: In this chapter we examine the educational principles and practices of service learning and suggest extending it via the conceptual framework of community inquiry. This framework allows us to focus on the community as a locus and source of learning. The first section below discusses current practices of service learning and some of its shortcomings. We view service learning as a pedagogy based in constructivism and experiential education. It holds within it the potential to promote deep learning for students, faculty, and community members. But it often falls short of this potential. The second section discusses participatory action research and social entrepreneurship, processes more familiar outside of LIS and outside of the United States, which suggest the extension of service learning beyond narrowly-defined, course-based models, The third section discusses community inquiry as just such an extension, one in which the school is seen as social center of the community. The fourth section presents examples from the Community Informatics Initiative.
Issue Date: 2009-03
Publisher: American Library Association
Citation Info: Bishop, Ann P., Bruce, Bertram C., & Jeong, Sunny (2009, March). Beyond service learning: Toward community schools and reflective community learners. In Loriene Roy, Kelly Jensen, & Alex Hershey Meyers (eds.), Service learning: Linking library education and practice (pp. 16-31). Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.
Genre: Book Chapter
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/15456
ISBN: 978-0-8389-0981-2
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-05-04
 

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