Filled with illustrative examples of effective service–learning lessons from across a variety of disciplines, Civic Service shows faculty and administrators of institutions of higher education what it takes to collaborate effectively with government partners such as city councils, school districts, and public agencies. Written to be flexible, the examples can also be applied to service–learning courses working with businesses and nonprofit organizations. This important resource can give faculty and administrators the inspiration and guidance they need to take the lead in creating their own service–learning programs.
"Service–learning with state and local government partners can have a crucial impact on our country′s future. If we are to successfully navigate the unscripted future we all face, we must raise the bar in confronting the multiple challenges in our society. Just as the problems facing us are real, so are the opportunities for vision, for renewal, and fortapping into fresh, creative approaches to addressing these problems."
From the foreword by Kay W. Barnes, Distinguished Professor of Public Leadership, Park University, and former mayor, Kansas City, Missouri
"This is an important book. At a time when we have come to a fresh appreciation of the critical importance of government in fostering and sustaining the common good, Redlawsk and Rice provide us with case studies that illustrate how service–learning can contribute to this work. Their book not only contains a variety of different disciplinary and partnering models, it also includes the voices of key stakeholders including government officials not always heard in service–learning circles. This volume should be in the library of every service–learning program. It helps us reconceptualize how service–learning can and should contribute to civic renewal."
John Saltmarsh, professor of higher education administration and director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Edward Zlotkowski, professor of English, Bentley University
The Contributors .
1. Why Civic Service (Tom Rice and David P. Redlawsk).
2. Partnerships That Work: Developing and Sustaining Service–Learning Partnerships with Government Agencies (Steven G. Jones, Johnny Goldfinger, and Timothy M. Koponen).
VOICES: Social Service Agencies as Government Partner.
3. CommUniverCity San Jos : Building a Partnership for Service and Learning (Terry Christensen and Melinda Jackson).
VOICES: City and University.
4. Learning Politics and Learning to Learn: A Collaborative Service–Learning Project with a Local Government (Jeffrey L. Bernstein and Joseph Ohren).
VOICES: The Government Practitioner.
5. Linking Advanced Public Service–Learning and Community Participation with Environmental Analytical Chemistry: Lessons from Case Studies in Western New York ( Joseph A. Gardella, Jr., Tammy M. Milillo, Gaurav Sinha, Gunwha Oh, David C. Manns, and Eleanor Coffey).
VOICES: The Community Organization.
6. Pandemic Flu Planning Support for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Charles Hadlock, Jennifer Infurna, Peter Koutoujian, and Jennifer Ricci).
VOICES: The Academic Institution.
7. Let′s Get It Started: Leadership, Civic Engagement, and Service–Learning ( Kendra A. King).
VOICES: Government Partners and University.
8. When Service–Learning Meets Governmental Inertia: Lessons from an Oklahoma Town (Christine Pappas).
VOICES: Students Make a Difference.
9. Service–Learning in an Urban Public School District: The Buffalo Experience (Joseph A. Gardella Jr., Heather M. Maciejewski, and Mara B. Huber).
VOICES: The School Teacher.
10. Students as Policy Researchers for State Legislatures (Anthony Gierzynski and Tom Rice).
VOICES: State Legislators in Vermont and Iowa.
11. Living the Theory: Local Politics and Service–Learning (David P. Redlawsk and Nora Wilson).
VOICES: A Service–Learning Teaching Assistant.
12. Triangulated Learning: Integrating Text, Current Events, and Experience in State and Local Government (Fredric A. Waldstein).
VOICES: Partners in Service–Learning.
13. Service–Learning in the Engineering Sciences (William Oakes).
VOICES: Long–Term Relationships.
14. Reciprocity: Creating a Model for Campus–Community Partnerships (Marsha K. Turner and Rosa Ramos Morgan).
VOICES: Community Revitalization with a Collaborative Partnership.
Appendix A: Examples of Service–Learning with Government Partners: Varied Approaches (Charlotte Ridge).
Appendix B: Service–Learning Resources.
David P. Redlawsk is professor of political science and director of the Eagleton Poll at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Tom Rice is the chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Iowa.