Finding Meaning in Civically Engaged Scholarship

Finding Meaning in Civically Engaged Scholarship

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The essays in this volume are a collection of reflective narratives, rather than traditional scholarly treatises, The book is divided into two parts, The first describes our individual journeys as each of us found our way to civically engaged scholarship and came to see it as critical to our academic endeavors and identity. This section also highlights the interdisciplinary nature of our work as we discuss our journeys through our on disciplinary lenses. The second part presents detailed examples of our civic engagement, including service-learning classes, community based research projects, and creation of community service-learning spaces. These chapters provide a varied picture of the available avenues for civic engagement for students and faculty in a higher education setting. We provide sufficient details of our projects and classes to enable replication. The book concludes with a discussion of civic engagement as it is defined in the literature. The conclusion also discusses institutional factors that support and promote civic engagement s wel as the importance of community involvement in service-learning, Five common themes that emerged across the chapters are described. These themes include the use of service-learning and civic engagement as an effective pedagogy, the relationship between civic engagement and political activism, the importance of partnership and collaboration, the meaning found in civic engagement, and the challenges of civically engaged work.In addition to the regular class time, students in the course are required to provide 30 hours of service over the course of the semester, write a weekly reflection paper, and participate in three in-class reflection sessions. The in- class reflectionanbsp;...

Title:Finding Meaning in Civically Engaged Scholarship
Author:Marissa L. Diener, Hank Liese
Publisher:IAP - 2009


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