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Collaborative-Based Research in a Service Learning Course: Reconceiving Research as Service

Tom Mould


Using a case study as its basis, this paper proposes a model for service-learning classes in which service is performed through collaborative research. After situating this model within service-learning and various modes of collaborative research between scholars and community partners, the paper will present lessons learned in bridging two traditional classroom pedagogies, undergraduate research and service learning. The paper will also provide specific strategies and pedagogical practices that help ensure an ethical, reciprocal, and collaborative relationship between faculty, students and community partners. Ultimately, the paper argues that research as service can lead to deep and meaningful civic engagement that extends beyond the specific boundaries of a single class or project.

Keywords: community based research, service-learning, undergraduate research, collaboration, case study


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