Ntimi Nikusuma Mtawa – Service Learning

Human Development and Community Engagement through Service-Learning: The Capability Approach and Public Good in Education

Author: Ntimi Nikusuma Mtawa
Publishing Company: Palgrave Macmillan
Price: $59.99 (kindle), $71.24 (paperback), $97.86 (hardcover)
ISBN: (paperback) 978-3030347307, (hardcover) 978-3030347277
Published: February 7, 2021

This book establishes community engagement and service-learning as pathways to advancing human development and common good. Using the human development and capability approach as normative frameworks, with South Africa as a frame of reference, the author investigates the theoretical contributions and ultimate benefits of university-community partnerships. In doing so, this book demonstrates that three interrelated capabilities – affiliation, common good professionals and local citizenship – are developed through community engagement and service-learning. Subsequently, the notion of transformative change through community engagement and service-learning is illuminated, particularly when operating within the context of power differentials, inequality and extreme poverty. This book will be of interest and value to students and scholars of service-learning, and its implications for partnerships between universities and external communities.