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Reflective Essays

Vol. 17 No. 1

Inside Out, Outside In: A Comparative Analysis of Service- Learning’s Development in the United States and South Africa

March 7, 2013


In this article, two service-learning practitioners reflect on the development
of the pedagogy of service-learning within higher education
in two different contexts: the United States and South Africa. They
examine and compare service-learning’s evolution in these two different,
distant parts of the world from the vantage points of their
long involvement in this work, noting the institutional locations
and motivations of early pioneers and the important, often enabling
influence of higher education’s social context. They conclude with
theory-building speculation on how these service-learning stories
may illuminate some of the complexities of institutional change in
higher education.