The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting discussions to advance the quality and quantity of research on service-learning and community engagement.
Following a series of annual international conferences focused on service-learning research, IARSLCE was launched in 2005, with the aim of expanding the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system.
Its objectives are to advance the fields of service-learning and community engagement research across the educational spectrum.
- to promote the exchange of ideas, experiences, data and research among its members
- to disseminate knowledge and research on service-learning and community engagement
- to encourage continually improving the quality and rigor of research in these fields
- to provide a forum for the presentation of research findings, ideas, methods and opinions across educational systems
- to facilitate the exchange of information and creation of collaborations among scholars and practitioners around the world
- to support and facilitate the development of new scholars entering the fields of research on service-learning and community engagement
- to create venues for ongoing learning and communication among the members
- to establish communication strategies that facilitate the dissemination of research beyond the members to other communities of scholars and practitioners.to initiate other activities and programs that support the interests of members and advance the fields of service-learning and community engagement.
On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the annual international research conference on service-learning and community engagement, IARSLCE has been working on an eighteen-month effort to develop a comprehensive, global research agenda to guide the future study and practice of service-learning and community engagement.
Click here to add your own textThe research agenda to be developed will focus on identifying the key research questions, areas of research focus, needed methodological considerations, and other research-related issues that will guide the field’s research activities over the next five to ten years and beyond. The research agenda will build on the current body of research, identify gaps in that research, and consider the research needs of contemporary and emerging conceptualizations of service-learning and community engagement across the educational spectrum (primary, secondary, and higher education) and across national and cultural contexts. In this regard, the research agenda should be forward-looking and forwarding-thinking, building on the extant knowledge and understanding within and across a varied, broad, expanding, and quickly maturing field.
Throughout 2019 and 2020, IARSLCE has been facilitating a series of Research Agenda Setting Forums in different regions of the globe. Each forum, which lasts between one hour and three hours focus on gathering information, perspectives, and ideas that will shape the global research agenda, to be unveiled at the 20th annual research conference, scheduled to be held in October 2021.
RESEARCH FOCUS AREAS
Each forum addresses a broad range of issues pertaining to advancing the study and practice of all forms of service-learning and community engagement, with a focus on addressing some of the emerging issues in the field that will be of significance and importance in the years to come. Each forum is conducted in the same manner. Facilitators of the forums engage participants in discussing each of the eight research focus areas listed below.
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