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K-State Today

September 2, 2014



School of Leadership Studies partners to advance global learning, partnerships and more

By Ryan Haxton

Kansas State University, through the School of Leadership Studies, has joined a coalition of universities across the country in an effort to ensure the development of rigorous research and evidence-based methods of global learning, community-university partnership, and community-driven development. The initiative gathers open-access, peer-reviewed journal articles, practitioner tools, and challenging blog posts at globalsl.org.

Together, these resources are intended to improve community and student outcomes in global service learning, international education and civic engagement programming, domestically and abroad. The website organizes more than 300 resources that relate to community-engaged, cross-cultural education processes.

The collection of these resources in one location brings together the work of discrete fields of scholarship, particularly international education and service learning. This resource gathering is coupled with the introduction of provocative questions in related blog posts from scholars and practitioners representing diverse institutions and organizations.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3, weekly blog posts will continue to advance understanding and scholarship around challenging and important questions such as:

  • What kinds of learning structures during study abroad are most likely to advance intercultural competence?
  • What models of community partnership demonstrate clear outcomes for community partners?
  • Are there insights the academic community should share with social sector organizations coordinating cross-cultural service programming?

The initiative is supported by a coalition of university programs that value careful and conscientious community partnership. Founding sponsors include Cornell University, Duke University, Kansas State University, Northwestern University and Washington University in St. Louis. It also serves to advance goals for internationalization and engagement critical to the mission of the School of Leadership Studies.

For more information please contact Eric Hartman, assistant professor of leadership studies at K-State, at ehartman@k-state.edu or 785-532-6907.

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