Adopting Service Learning in Universities around the World

By Stuart Umpleby and Gabriela Rakicevik.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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In the United States service-learning has proven to be an effective means both for education and for community development. It seems logical to assume that service- learning would be similarly effective in other countries. However, universities in other countries operate quite differently from universities in the U.S. Discussions with professors from the former Soviet Union and Southeast Europe produced a list of obstacles to transferring service-learning to other countries. The paper suggests some ways to reduce the obstacles. As service-learning is implemented in universities around the world, universities will probably change their methods of operation to permit the use of this effective teaching method.

Keywords: Service Learning, Faculty Governance, Community Service, Action Research

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.39-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 603.135KB).

Prof. Stuart Umpleby

Professor, Department of Management, Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University, Washington, Washington, DC, USA

Stuart Umpleby is a professor in the Department of Management and Director of the Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning in the School of Business at The George Washington University. He teaches courses in the philosophy of science, cross-cultural management, organizational behavior, cybernetics, and systems science. Other interests include process improvement methods, group facilitation methods, and the use of computer networks. He received degrees in engineering, political science, and communications from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. From 1975 to the present he has been a professor at The George Washington University. From 1994 to 1997 he was the faculty facilitator of the Quality and Innovation Initiative in the GW School of Business and Public Management. Umpleby has published articles in Science, Policy Sciences, Population and Environment, The Journal of Aesthetic Education, World Futures, Business and Society Review, Telecommunications Policy, Reflexive Control, Systems Practice, Cybernetics and Human Knowing, and several foreign language journals. He is a past president of the American Society for Cybernetics. He is Associate Editor of the journal Cybernetics and Systems.

Asso. Prof. Gabriela Rakicevik

Associate Professor, Faculty of Tourism and Organizational Sciences, St. Kliment Ohridski University, Ohrid, Macedonia

Gabriela Rakicevik teaches tourism and organizational sciences at St. Kliment Ohridski University in Ohrid, Macedonia. She received her PhD from the University of Novi Sad in Novi Sad, Serbia. She was a visiting scholar at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, during the spring of 2006. Her visit to the USA was sponsored by the Junior Faculty Development Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She has presented many papers on tourism at international conferences.


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