From for to of: Online Service-Learning as Both Disruption and Doorway to Democratic Partnerships
On-line service-learning has the potential to disrupt the dynamics of partnership building by shifting who names community from faculty/staff to students. Viewing this disruption not as detrimental but as a doorway through which students can engage with and learn in their own places, where they may have a strong sense of community, we explore the little word "of," as an alternative to "for" and a complement to "with" in characterizing such service-learning partnerships. Such a shift opens possibilities for student's democratic engagement as they are encouraged to partner and serve in their place(s) rather than only in ours.
Beyer Hansen, Faith. (2014). "From for to of: Online Service-Learning as Both Disruption and Doorway to Democratic Partnerships". Community Engagement 2.0?: Dialogues on the Future of the Civic in the Distrupted University, 12-25. http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137441065.0006