Community-Based Global Learning
The Theory and Practice of Ethical Engagement at Home and Abroad

Foreword by Rafia Zakaria
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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
288 pp., 6" x 9"
tables, toolboxes & figures
International education, service-learning, and community-based global learning programs are robust with potential. They can positively impact communities, grow civil society networks, and have transformative effects for students who become more globally aware and more engaged in global civil society – at home and abroad. Yet such programs are also packed with peril. Clear evidence indicates that poor forms of such programming have negative impacts on vulnerable persons, including medical patients and children, while cementing stereotypes and reinforcing patterns of privilege and exclusion. These dangers can be mitigated, however, through collaborative planning, design, and evaluation that advances mutually beneficial community partnerships, critically reflective practice, thoughtful facilitation, and creative use of resources.

Drawing on research and insights from several academic disciplines and community partner perspectives, along with the authors’ decades of applied, community-based development and education experience, they present a model of community-based global learning that clearly espouses an equitable balance between learning methodology and a community development philosophy.

Emphasizing the key drivers of community-driven learning and service, cultural humility and exchange, seeking global citizenship, continuous and diverse forms of critically reflective practice, and ongoing attention to power and privilege, this book constitutes a guide to course or program design that takes into account the unpredictable and dynamic character of domestic and international community-based global learning experiences, the varying characteristics of destination communities, and a framework through which to integrate any discipline or collaborative project.

Readers will appreciate the numerous toolboxes and reflective exercises to help them think through the creation of independent programming or courses that support targeted learning and community-driven development. The book ultimately moves beyond course and program design to explore how to integrate these objectives and values in the wider curriculum and throughout formal and informal community-based learning partnerships.

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Rafia Zakaria

1) The Community-Campus Contribution: Defining Community-Based Global Learning
2) Educating for Global Citizenship
3) Advancing Reflection and Critical Reflection
4) Power, Self as a Cultural Being, Cultural Humility, and Intercultural Communication
5) Community-Driven Partnerships
6) Program Design: What are your team’s goals?
7) Planning for Global Learning
8) Staying Safe, Healthy, and Happy
9) The Journey Continues


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Reviews & Endorsements:
“The authors, all of whom have extensive experience in administering and running study-abroad and community engagement programs, lay out, piece by careful piece, how an ethical basis of engagement between two markedly different populations can be made fruitful and positive for both.

The value of this volume is the care it takes in explicating the theory, the larger ethical universe, in which we all operate, and applying it to the dynamics of the service-learning encounter. It does not shy away from the problematic moments.”
- Rafia Zakaria
"This book provides a useful definition of community-based global learning and ample evidence of its positive uses throughout the world. Through multiple examples, Harman, Kiely, Boettcher, and Friedrichs prove that community-based global learning must be grounded in mutual respect for the learner. What’s more, in their careful and meticulous descriptions of people involved in ethical engagement activities at home and abroad, the authors display the utmost respect for the learning process itself."
- Hilary Landorf, Executive Director Office of Global Learning Initiatives , Florida International University