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Liberating Service Learning


Randy Stoecker is a Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Date: Wednesday, February 8th
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: Center for Teaching Classroom


Randy is a highly published scholar in the area of service learning and community engagement, including Research Methods for Community Change: A Project-Based Approach (2005), The Unheard Voices: Community Organizations and Service Learning (2009, co-edited with Elizabeth Tryon), The Landscape of Rural Service Learning, and What It Teaches Us All (2016, co-edited with Nicholas Holton and Charles Ganzert), and dozens of articles on community movements and development, qualitative methods, and social change.

image002His most recent book and the subject of the talk is Liberating Service Learning and the Rest of Higher Education Civic Engagement (2016), which is a personal and highly critical reflection on the many possibilities and limitations of service learning.  In it he expands upon his previous work by sensitively exploring the contradictions of service learning pedagogy, and how when “liberated” from its institutionalized forms, it might help transform higher education and our broader world.