Rural Alliance for Service-Learning
PI: Proulx-Curry, P. (U. Wisconsin-Madison)
Co-PIs: Stoecker, R. (U. Wisconsin-Madison), Goreham, G. (NDSU), Nagy, D. (SDSU), Mark, C. (Michigan State), Wood, S. (Kansas State)
Higher Education service learning—the practice of sending students off campus to do community work for course credit—is increasingly popular in colleges and universities. But do rural communities get access to such services? If they do, are the services effective, and how do we make them as effective as possible? Is there anything about rural service learning that distinguishes it from the more well-known urban service learning models? Our project will take the first steps toward building knowledge of rural service learning models and infrastructures to support their implementation.
Our goal is to plan a large-scale action research project to develop and support rural service learning. Our strategy includes growing a regional network of rural service learning practitioners who can document cases of rural service learning, share lessons with each other, and produce a grant proposal to test those lessons more broadly and deeply.