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Butin: SL as "intellectual movement"

Posted on Thursday, December 15th, 2011

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how excited I was to dig into Dan Butin's book Service Learning in theory and practice:  The future of community engagement in higher education.  I've just started the book this evening.   Even in the preface, Butin forces the reader to challenge what they know about service-learning.  He proposes that service-learning should find a disciplinary, academic "home" in the curriculum.  He suggests that service-learning as it exists now is a "social movement" but he believes we need to think about an academic home for service learning so that it becomes an "intellectual movement." My immediate thought is that the library has a place in any intellectual movement by its very nature as a cultural institution and a place of inquiry.  We'll see what happens as I continue to read.