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What is Critical Service Learning

Handbook of Research on Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education
A teaching and learning method that involves community engagement centered in understanding and transformation of power.
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Critical Service-Learning: Vehicle to Social Justice Education
Shirley Mthethwa-Sommers (Nazareth College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5268-1.ch006
Colleges and universities in the U.S. engage in service-learning in order to cultivate dispositions of empathy and civic engagement. This chapter draws from a Foundations of Education course in a historically and predominately White institution participating in service-learning in predominately Black and Latinx high schools. The purpose of the course was to teach about the legacy of state sponsored oppression, social justice education, and advocacy. The course provided theoretical frameworks to the practical knowledge and skills that students garnered from engagement in community schools. Data collected for research purposes were quantitative and qualitative. The results of the study show that service-learning can be a vehicle toward social justice education particularly in exposing oppressive structures and practices in urban schools.
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Pedagogical Approaches and Service-Learning in Teacher Preparation
An approach to service-learning that is intended to deconstruct and address systematic imbalances of power. Similar to other models of service-learning, reciprocity is valued and is of most importance. A distinguishing factor is that reciprocity is balanced amongst members of the community.
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Integrating Service Learning With Systemic Change
Service learning that challenges systemic causes of inequity in sustained partnership with the community, with facilitated reflection on volunteers’ relationship to structural oppression.
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