Service-learning cohorts as critical communities

Tania D. Mitchell, Colleen Rost-Banik

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Examining alumni perspectives from three multi-term service-learning programs, this study highlights the dimensions of the cohort experience that alumni credit as critical to their learning and development, namely building relationships among diverse perspectives, teaching and learning from one another, and sharing a commitment to social justice. We employ a theory of “critical community” to illustrate how service-learning cohorts can serve as critical communities for pursuing social change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-367
Number of pages16
JournalEducational Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 3 2020


  • Service-learning
  • cohorts
  • critical community
  • learning communities

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