Blog and Website: Global Service-Learning

Posted by on September 8, 2014

A coalition of universities is leading efforts to ensure the development of rigorous research and evidence-based methods at the nexus of global learning, community-university partnership, and community-driven development. The initiative gathers open-access, peer-reviewed journal articles, practitioner tools, and challenging blog posts at Together, these resources are intended to improve community and student outcomes in global service-learning, international education, and civic engagement programming, domestically and abroad.

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The website currently organizes more than 300 different resources that relate to community-engaged, cross-cultural education processes. The collection of these resources in one location brings together the insights of several discrete fields, particularly international education and service-learning. This resource-gathering is coupled with the introduction of provocative questions in related blog posts, from scholars and practitioners representing diverse institutions and organizations.

Beginning September 3, weekly blog posts will continue to advance understanding and scholarship around challenging and important questions such as:

  • What kinds of learning structures are most likely to advance intercultural competence?
  • What models of community partnership demonstrate clear outcomes for community partners?
  • Are there insights the academic community should share with social sector organizations coordinating cross-cultural service programming?
  • What insights might the academic community glean from community organizations already facilitating cross-cultural learning and development partnerships?

The initiative is supported by a coalition of university programs that value careful and conscientious community partnership. Founding sponsors include Cornell University, Duke University, Kansas State University, Northwestern University, and Washington University in St. Louis. For more information please contact Eric Hartman, Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University, at ehartman(at)ksu(dot)edu or 78five-53two-690seven (office).

To stay abreast of updates, conversations, and new research posted at the site, follow on Twitter, on Facebook, or by signing up to receive emails on the right side of the blog page. If you would like to share emerging research, challenging reflections, or new ways of thinking at the nexus of global learning, community-university partnership, and sustainable development, please propose a guest blog post.
Eric Hartman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University, where our mission is to develop knowledgeable, ethical, caring, inclusive leaders for a diverse and changing world.

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