Beyond Consumerism and Utopianism: How Service Learning Contributes to Liberal Arts Ideals

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Roy Schwartzman, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The authors place service learning within the liberal arts tradition of empowering others to help themselves. Such a contextualization supplements visions of students as consumers or customers and education as a means to gain economic advantage in a competitive market. Their attention then turns to how even well-intentioned service-learning projects might be co-opted in ways that foster community dependence on the services offered. Effectively designed service-learning programs should offer a broad range of opportunities for social activism while encouraging critical reflection about the applicability of market-derived educational philosophies.

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Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 13 (1), 57-81.
Language: English
Date: 2002
Service learning, Service learning programs, Social activism

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