Friday, December 21, 2007

International Service Learning

Prof. John Wilcox (UIUC) forwarded me the url for the latest e-newsletter from The International Partnernship for Service-Learning and Leadership (IPSL).

A few things of note from their newsletter:

*The 3rd Annual Conference on International Service-Learning: “Advancing Research and Practice” will take place at the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis from February 29 to March 2, 2008.

* Bibliography:
Merrill, Martha C., and Margaret D. Pusch. 2007. “Apples, Oranges, and Kumys: Models for Research on Students Doing Intercultural Service-Learning” in Shelley Billig and Sherril Gelmon, eds., From Passion to Objectivity: International and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Service-Learning Research. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishers, pp. 21-40.

Barnhill, John H., and others. 2007. Promising Practices of International Service and Service Learning. Elon NC: North Carolina Campus Compact.

*Their service learning program in Siena, Italy.

I usually spend summers and Christmas-time at my in-laws' home in Costa Volpino, Italy, so I am particularly interested in service learning programs in Italy. I always teach Spanish, but my hope is to teach Business Italian one day--in Italy, and using community service learning. Ideally, I would have some students do their community service learning in not-for-profits and others in for-profits. That would lead to rich classroom discussions about commercial entrepreneurship versus social entrepreneurship. We'll see...


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