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Introduction: What is Service Sociology?

ByA. Javier Treviño, Karen M. McCormack

This chapter shows how service learning has been adopted and adapted at two institutions of higher learning: Wayne State College, a small four-year college in a rural environment, and Western Michigan University, a large research university in an urban location. It focuses on current institutional practices and individual actions that work to integrate service learning into the curriculum on these two campuses. One relies on the extant literature, institutional summary reports, and own experiences on these campuses to examine three key areas: institutional settings and major types of service learning practiced on campuses; community partnerships and student engagement and activities. This examination of service learning at our institutions addresses how service learning has developed and evolved in two different settings to illustrate strengths and potential weaknesses in one of the most popular and fastest growing programs in higher education.