Examining Community Partners’ Perspectives on Reciprocity and Co-education


  • Alexa Darby Elon University
  • Tammy Cobb
  • Lauren Willingham


This study examines how community partners understand reciprocity and co-education in service-learning. Twenty community partners participated in 30-minute telephone interviews. When asked to define reciprocity, participants identified the importance of communication and maintaining a two-way relationship. With regard to co-education, community partners highlighted communication, the back-and-forth nature of the relationship, and their role as a facilitator. This study will help universities and community partners increase the effectiveness and maximize the benefits of their service-learning relationships.

Author Biography

Alexa Darby, Elon University

Alexa Darby, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at Elon University.