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Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v10 n3 p64-75 Sum 2004

This article describes the theoretical rationale and practice related to two connected anthropology courses at the University of Pennsylvania and University City High School, a predominantly African-American school on Penn's border. The courses are part of Penn's ABCS (academically-based community service) program. Grounded in the Boasian legacy of cultural anthropology, the courses share much in common with the principle of service-learning to "link community service and academic study so that each strengthens the other." It is suggested that anthropology is uniquely relevant to the educative function of community service learning because of the role the concept of culture plays in the development of multiculturally-sensitive citizens.

Descriptors: Anthropology, Service Learning, Program Descriptions, Multicultural Education, College Bound Students, Global Approach, Global Education, Social Action, Social Attitudes, Social Development, College Students, College School Cooperation, School Community Programs, Program Effectiveness

Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:

Author: Sanday, Peggy Reeves; Jannowitz, Karl


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