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Community Education for Social Justice

  • Cameron White

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Sabrina Marsh, Susan Mccormack, Cameron White
    Pages 7-12
  3. Christine Beaudry
    Pages 13-22
  4. Karen Lescure, Christina Yaman
    Pages 23-31
  5. Samantha Manchac
    Pages 33-43
  6. Andrea Barela
    Pages 45-51
  7. Bernardo Pohl
    Pages 53-59
  8. Liping Wei, Cameron White
    Pages 61-66
  9. Amy Mulholland
    Pages 67-76
  10. Matthew Q. Bounds
    Pages 77-86
  11. Cavan Leerkamp, Leslie Gauna, Bianca Carpenter
    Pages 87-101
  12. Cameron White
    Pages 103-110
  13. Barbara Morgan-Fleming, Reese Todd
    Pages 111-119
  14. Sabrina Marsh
    Pages 121-133
  15. Amy Mulholland, Cameron White
    Pages 135-144

About this book

Introduction

What is community? How important is community in the 21st century? Where might the idea of community “fit” in education and schooling, teaching and learning? These are the questions and themes embedded in this book. The general critique is that community is an add-on in our schools and often is dismissed as a result of the individualistic and competitive nature of schooling today. Our focus is to provide critical investigations as to the possibility of community – and that we need community now more than ever!
 
The concept of community education brings many ideas and issues to mind. Related themes include place-based, field-based, environmental, service learning, and outdoor education. Each has its own more narrow focus with community education perhaps an umbrella term than encompasses them all. Nevertheless, the suggestion here is that instead of community education serving as an extension or add-on to traditional approaches, it should be the focus of all education.
           
What is often missing in teaching and learning are contexts and connections than make education meaningful. Community education engages participants in problem and issues-based approaches to the local community, thereby facilitating that local to global link. Instead of compartmentalized subjects, integrated approaches use what students and the community know or understand to develop further questions, solutions, or even problems. Community education offers efficacy in that it provides opportunities for collaboration in addressing local issues and problems. It enables the community to become the classroom, thus ensuring a more long-term connection to active rather than passive endeavors as citizens.

Keywords

Community Education Global citizenship Social Justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Cameron White
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HoustonTexasUSA

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