Practice-Based Learning in Community Contexts: A Collaborative Exploration of Pedagogical Principles
The primary focus of this chapter is an exploration of four pedagogical principles emerging from a practice-based learning lab. Following an overview of community engaged learning and the Lab approach, the chapter is structured around a discussion of pedagogical principles related to (1) collaboration, (2) interdisciplinarity, (3) complexity and uncertainty and (4) reflection. Through a participatory action research (PAR) framework, students, academics and community partners have worked to identify and refine what it takes to support students negotiate complexity and uncertainty inherent in problems facing communities. It also examines the pedagogical strategies employed to facilitate collaboration across disciplines and professional contexts in ways that leverage difference and challenge values and practices.
KeywordsCommunity-engaged learning Community-based projects Participatory action research Interdisciplinarity Service learning
The QUT Community Engaged Learning Lab outcomes are the result of collaboration between community partners, students and academics across the Queensland University of Technology. The project has been supported through funding from a QUT Engagement Innovation Grant and the QUT Learning and Teaching Unit.
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