Title

Assessing the Community Partner in Academic Service-Learning: A Strategy for Capacity-Building

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Keywords

Service-Learning, Community Partner, Assessment, Survey, Campus Compact

Abstract

Service-learning is an instructional method used by an ever-increasing numberof schools in the academic community. This paper is concerned with surveys thathave been created to assess the views of community partners who host servicelearningstudents. We describe surveys of community partners found on the websitesof 92 Campus Compact members. Eight themes emerged from analysis of surveyitems: Agency Voice, Agency Resources, Students' Work Skills, Students' ServiceSkills, Agency Benefi t, Communication and Coordination with University ServiceLearning,Sustainability of Partnership, and Satisfaction with the Service-LearningExperience. The theme of Community-University Partnership established in extantliterature was absent from the online surveys, so this theme was added to the surveythemes. In addition, a critical analysis of current community partner assessmentpractices is offered with suggestions for improvement.

Recommended Citation

Waters, Susan E., and Joanna J. Cemore Brigden. Assessing the Community Partner in Academic Service-Learning: A Strategy for Capacity-Building." PRISM: A Journal of Regional Engagement 2, no. 2 (2013): 1."

Department

Childhood Education and Family Studies

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