Service Learning as a Pedagogy of Whiteness

Tania D. Mitchell, David M. Donahue, Courtney Young-Law

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In this article we employ whiteness as a conceptual framework to contextualize how faculty develop and implement, and consequently how students experience, service learning. A vignette that illustrates the pervasiveness of whiteness in service learning is followed by an analysis that details how whiteness frames the teaching and learning in this service learning experience. Through this example and analysis, we seek to increase instructors' capacity and confidence to interrupt the patterns and privileges of whiteness that too often are normalized in service learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-629
Number of pages18
JournalEquity and Excellence in Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012


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