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Service Learning and Community Engagement: A Cross Cultural Perspective

by Ann Marie Thomson; Antoinette Smith-Tolken; Robert Bringle; Tony Naidoo

Jul 9, 2008

Although research on service learning is increasing, a significant gap exists in the literature about what this pedagogical approach seeks to achieve (in nature and in outcomes) and how it is construed in non-western contexts. Using a comparative analysis across three widely different contexts, this paper explores the extent to which these differences are merely differences in degree or whether the differences are substantive enough to demand qualitatively different models for strengthening the relationship between higher education and civil society.