Community Engagement Abroad

Community Engagement Abroad

Perspectives and Practices on Service, Engagement, and Learning Overseas

Transformations in Higher Education

Edited by Pat Crawford and Brett Berquist

Published by: Michigan State University Press

196 pages, 7.00 x 10.00 in

  • ISBN: 9781611863482
  • Published: March 2020



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A landmark in our understanding of international community-engaged learning programs, this book invites educators to rethink everything from disciplinary assumptions to the role of higher education in a globalizing world. Tapping the many such programs developed at Michigan State University during the last half-century, the volume develops a comprehensive framework for analyzing study-abroad programs with a community-engagement focus. More than a how-to guide, it also offers seven theoretically framed case studies showing how these experiences can change students, faculty, and communities alike. The purposeful broadening of who is involved in these types of international learning programs leads to conceptual transformation and self-reflection within the participants. The authors take the reader on a fascinating journey through how they changed as a result of designing and delivering programs in full collaboration with community partners. The arguments given in this volume for developing truly reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnerships beyond the academy are powerful and persuasive.