Service Learning Through Community Engagement

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Service Learning Through Community Engagement

SKU# 9780826126221

What Community Partners and Members Gain, Lose, and Learn from Campus Collaborations

Author: Lori Gardinier PhD, MSW



Offers a Unique Focus on the Experience of the Community Served

While campus engagement with the local community is generally viewed in a positive light, in reality these collaborations are more complex. Presenting avariety of contemporary models and frameworks for community engagement, this book is distinguished by its unique emphasis on campus-community partnershipsfrom the perspective of the community. Bolstered by concrete data, the text addresses the impact of a variety of service-learning arrangements on localcommunities and focuses on the experiences, both positive and negative, of the community organization.

Integrating theoretical, historical, ethical and practical frameworks, thebook examines in-depth such emerging models as global service learning, social entrepreneurship, and experiential philanthropy. Vivid case examples drawingfrom real-life programs that have been implemented in the U.S. and abroad bring these models to life. While the book emphasizes the perspectives of thecommunities served, it also encompasses the experiences of nonprofit organizations, students, and faculty. Students, faculty, and administrators who areengaged in campus-community partnerships—particularly in disciplines that are grounded in community-based learning, such as social work, human services,sociology, and public service studies—will find this book to be an important resource.

Key Features:

  • Examines campus-community partnerships from the perspective of the community served
  • Presents lively and engaging case studies of domestic and global scenarios
  • Includes the perspectives of nonprofit organizations, students, community members, and faculty
  • Includes extensive resources for more in-depth study

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 28, 2016
  • Page Count 208
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826126221

About The Author(s) 

Lori Gardinier, PhD, MSW, is Director of Human Services, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. She has practiced in the area of antipoverty/social justice work in community-based settings and as a counselor in organizations addressing intimate partner violence. In her role at Northeastern, she is a leader in experiential education practice in both local and global settings. Her outstanding commitment to high quality experiential education was recognized with the Northeastern Presidential Aspiration Award (2004) and the Excellence in Teaching Award (2011), Outstanding Teaching Award (2015, at Northeastern University. She has developed partnerships with many of Boston’s nonprofit organizations through her own practice and her continued implementation of service-learning partnerships. Dr. Gardinier has also established project-based service-learning capacity building programs with nonprofits in Benin, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, the UK and Zambia. In this role she and her students collaborate with local leaders to identify creative solutions to organizational challenges.