More and more today’s educators are encouraged to set up service learning and community-based projects for their students. These are projects that take students out of the traditional classroom, and into the community to ideally be helpful. But, are these efforts as positive as we imagine they are? We are joined this week by our friend and wonderful guest, Dr. Colleen Rost-Banik, to discuss the pros and pitfalls of service-learning, how to do it well, and how to reimagine what some of the education buzzwords, like “civic engagement” really are. Tune in here to learn more!
Education, learning, teaching, service learning, activism, civic engagement
- Learn more about Colleen’s research here.
- We discussed some Hawai’i-specific events and happenings throughout the episode. Including:
- Tending the Lo’i (taro) patch as a form of indigenous education.
- The 30-meter telescope proposed for Mauna Kea.
- The Malama I Na Ahupua’a (MINA) project.
- Check out Colleen’s work here:
- “Weeding for Social Justice” by Colleen and Ulla Hasager in the book “Pursuit of Liberation”
- “Educating for Social Justice through Activist-Oriented Sites” (2020) in Social Justice
- And she recommended “Liberating Service Learning and the Rest of Higher Education Civic Engagement” by Randy Stoecker for those interested in rethinking forms of education.
- Also, Liz Truss and the lettuce…