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Aiming for Relevance: Early Experiences of Community Engagement in Ghana

  • Komla Tsey
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Abstract

Education and research, no matter how interesting, are of limited value unless they are relevant to the needs and aspirations of people. A useful starting point for a researcher seeking to make their work relevant to their community is to pose a series of questions: Who is my research community? What are their needs and aspirations? How can my research support those needs and aspirations? In this first chapter, I describe the start of my research journey and my realisation that relevance is the key to research. I use anecdotes from my school days in Ghana, West Africa, to show how my early search for meaning, purpose and relevance in my home village set me on a path to becoming a university researcher.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Komla Tsey
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  1. 1.James Cook UniversityCairnsAustralia

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