Re-considering the Range of Reciprocity in Community-based Research and Service Learning: You Don't Have to be an Activitst to Give Back

Dirk Remley


This essay presents perspectives on the range of potential reciprocity in literacy research and service learning, focusing attention on opportunities for individualized and institutional reciprocation, as observed by Takayoshi and Powell (2003). Researchers and students involved in community-based research or service programs have several opportunities to give back to their research participants and service organizations, and the more they are aware of these opportunities or can make these entities aware of these benefits and act upon them, the more productive such research and service can be to the field of literacy studies as well as to those who participate.

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