Service-Learning as Crucible: Reflections on Immersion, Context, Power, and Transformation

  • Lori Pompa

Abstract

Each of these students spent three months in jail. Week after week, they attended class with other Temple University students and a group of individuals incarcerated at the facility. Having class inside a prison is compelling—an experience that’s hard to shake. And that is one reason we do it. I don’t want my students to shake these encounters easily; in fact, I want the students to be shaken by them. I want them to analyze what they experience and question it all: who is locked up and why, how these decisions are made, what these institutions are all about, and what each of us can do to change the situation.

Keywords

Criminal Justice Criminal Justice System Educational Process Teachable Moment Transition Team 
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© Dan W. Butin 2005

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  • Lori Pompa

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