The Work of Citizenship and the Problem of Service-Learning

Harry C. Boyte, University of Minnesota
James Farr, University of Minnesota

Boyte, H.C. & Farr, J. (1997). The Work of Citizenship and the Problem of Service-Learning. In R. Battistoni and W. Hudson (Eds.), Experiencing Citizenship. Washington: American Association of Higher Education.


The debates about service learning are not merely internecine squabbles between educators over methods and manners of out-of-class instruction. Or at least they don't have to be. For they reflect and are implicated in broader debates about community service and civic education more generally, as well as about citizenship, public policy, and even our understandings of American democracy and history. Take a couple of snapshots of these broader debates, now and then.