A Transformative Approach to Global Service-Learning: Opportunities, Challenges and Lessons Learned from the Field
International educators, researchers and students claims of “transformation” are rampant within the discourse of study abroad and service-learning fields. In addition, university programs and publications continue to trumpet the value of education for global citizenship. Yet, there is very little empirical evidence indicating what these concept mean and in what ways both of these concepts are learned, understood and practiced by students over time. The lack of evidence and consensus regarding the meaning and process entailed in transformational learning and “global citizenship” suggests that each lives in highly contested terrain. This presentation will discuss findings from longitudinal research examining students participation in global service-learning that indicate both patterns and critical tensions in the forms and learning processes entailed in transformational learning and global citizenship. The presentation will also include reflections on opportunities, challenges and lessons learned from facilitating a transformative approach to global service-learning in Nicaragua and Tanzania. Richard Kiely currently serves as the Director of Engaged Learning and Research at Cornell University, where he provides support, guidance, resources, coursework and professional development opportunities for faculty, students and community members who are interested in community engaged learning and research. He is currently working on a co-authored book (forthcoming 2014 Stylus), Building a Better World: The Pedagogy and Practice of Global Service-Learning.
Co-sponsored by LACS and the Center for Engaged Academic Learning.