The Student Companion to Community-Engaged Learning
What You Need to Know for Transformative Learning and Real Social Change

Foreword by Tania D. Mitchell
Afterword by Chris Nayve
Paper: 978 1 62036 649 3 / $18.95
 
Published: July 2018  

Cloth: 978 1 62036 648 6 / $95.00
 
Published: July 2018  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 650 9 / $95.00  
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Published: July 2018  

E-Book: 978 1 62036 651 6 / $14.99
 
Published: July 2018  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
132 pp., 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
This compact, accessibly written text prepares students for their experience of community-based learning.

It is designed for students to read and reflect on independently or to foster discussion in class on their motivations and dispositions toward community engagement and service learning. It prepares students to work with diverse individuals, groups, and organizations that may be outside their prior experience. Faculty can use the book as a tool to deepen the educational experience of the course and enrich community engagement.

This text is a guide to what’s involved in community-engaged learning, from understanding the pervasiveness of social, economic and environmental problems, to learning about how individuals and organizations in communities work to overcome them. Students will discover through a process of reflection how service connects to personal development and the content of their courses, builds their ability to engage with people different from themselves, and develops new life skills, all in the context of working with communities to overcome systemic injustice.

Critical questions woven into each chapter prompt students to reflect on ideas and perspectives about social justice, community development, and their role in fostering them.

The book concludes with case studies of students who have experienced the transformative power of community-engaged learning. The stories illustrate common themes inherent in the student experience, including listening to understand, challenging stereotypes, learning the nature of their role, and seeing the world through a new lens.

A special feature of this book is the embedded QR codes that provide access, as students read the text, to online resources, and original and public videos that explore particular themes or perspectives more deeply. The authors also include text directed to faculty to provide ideas about framing their community-engaged course and integrating the book.

Table of Contents:
Foreword—Tania D. Mitchell
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Intentions: The Role of the Student Companion in Community-Engaged Learning


1) Imperatives: Why We Do Community-Engaged Learning
2) Benefits: What We Gain From Community-Engaged Learning
3) Dispositions: Who Are We Called to Be as Community-Engaged Learners
4) Responsibilities: What We Need to Do as Community-Engaged Learners
5) Transformations: How Community-Engaged Learning Changes Us

Afterword—Chris Nayve
A Letter to our Faculty Colleagues
References
About the Authors
Index


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Reviews & Endorsements:
"Engaging students in a familiar voice and pulling them into deeper conversation through embedded digital content, The Student Companion walks students through decades of wisdom and insight about community engagement. For students, the book can be a macro-reflection - encouraging careful critical examination of engagement while honoring the challenging emotional terrain and power dynamics embedded, yet often ignored, in community engagement. Most importantly the volume honors the beauty, complexity, and strength of communities as rich resources for the world, and for students. The Companion is a key resource for students and higher education."
- Mathew Johnson, Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship, Executive Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center , Brown University
"If Thich Nhat Hanh, Parker Palmer, adrienne maree brown, and Nadinne Cruz had a dinner party about community engagement and higher education, this book might be a map of that imagined conversation. This book provides an important container for students, faculty, and community partners to grapple with the complexities and promise of community-engaged learning: intellectual rigor, ethical relationships, different kinds of knowledges, and the unfolding process of learning with and across differences.

In an accessible yet nuanced way, the authors provide scaffolding on how to avoid the intellectual potholes of community-engaged learning (e.g. us/them, good/bad, cognitive/affective, thinking/doing, listening/responding, professionalism/humility, goals/process).

The authors skillfully guide readers through the dialogical process of community-based-learning as an authentic, courageous, and conscientious approach to intellectual inquiry."
- Kathleen S. Yep, Associate Dean of Faculty in Academic Affairs Professor, Asian American Studies , Pitzer College