Questioning service learning is South Africa: Problematising partnerships in the South African context. A case study from the University of KwaZulu-Natal

Mitchell, C.; Rautenbach, S.
January 2005
South African Journal of Higher Education;2005, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p101
Academic Journal
Service learning is increasing in popularity in South Africa and has been conceptualised as occurring in the context of partnerships between higher education institutions and their local communities. However the relevance of the partnership model as a framework for service learning and sustainable community development within the South African context has not been critically examined and needs to be explored. This article aims to provide insight into the partnership and development processes that form the context for interpreting the outcomes of service learning, through reflecting on the experiences and lessons learnt within the partnerships at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Drawing on themes extracted from an analysis of service learning practices at the university, various issues ore highlighted to extract theoretical framework shortcomings, potential real-world tensions, implications for service learning in higher education within South Africa and issues for future research.


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