Dr Angela James (UKZN), Henre Benson (NASCEE-board) and Karen Venter (UFS)
Recent years have seen a steady acceptance of the need for universities, as publicly funded institutions, to be more responsive to the lived needs of the communities they serve. Higher education is being challenged to prepare students to live and work effectively in a fast changing, increasingly digitalized and culturally diverse society. Community-based research (CBR) and/or service-learning is an ideal way for universities to respond to these demands. However, initiating and sustaining such community-university partnerships can be challenging. You are encouraged to engage in discussion with three proponents of CBR and SL who present insights from both university and community perspectives.
Developing partnerships for Service-Learning
Dr Angela James (UKZN) will share the lessons learnt from pre-service teachers engaged in a Research and Service-Learning module where they are expected to negotiate with partners and to design collaborative programmes.
Angela is Academic Leader for Community Engagement and a Senior Lecturer in Science Education, School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has taught for over 30 years and has engaged in many curriculum development and implementation initiatives both in the schooling and Higher Education sectors. She has attended and presented at international and national conferences, workshops, and participated in projects in the areas of Community focused Service-Learning and Research; Multicultural Education and Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS); Professional Development of Science preservice teachers and teachers; Environmental Sustainable development, and the integration of Science in the Foundation Phase of Schooling.
Building relationships for CBR: The community perspective
Henre Benson serves on the Board of NASCEE whose mission is to empower NPOs in education by improving their visibility, capacity, effectiveness, and commitment to collaboration to magnify their impact and influence. They work to maximise the collective contribution of NPOs towards achieving transformational systemic education through the fulfilment of the national targets set out in the National Development Plan as well as the global targets set out in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He will focus on the role of the NPO association, with some additional insights from CASME’s own work with respect to the theme of relationships in community-based participatory research.
Building partnerships for engaged scholarship
Karen Venter (UFS) explains how to formalise informal connections and relationships, to ensure a democratic, ethical and socially just participatory paradigm for implementation of sustainable development initiatives. She shares how UFS has established and sustained triad partnerships for democratic co-construction of knowledge for change, through collaborative learning and inquiry among communities, the service sector and higher education institutions.
Karen, Head of the Service-learning Division within the Directorate of Community Engagement at the University of the Free State, is responsible for the institutionalisation and advancement of engaged scholarship. Her research focus lies in exploring an integration of service-learning, appreciative inquiry, and appreciative leadership, to flourish professional learning and development in community-higher education partnerships. Contact: az.ca.sfunull@1KretneV.
Facilitator: Prof Lesley Wood, North-West University
Lesley Wood is Director of the research entity, Community-based educational research, at North-West University. She is an NRF rated researcher and coordinator of the Action Research Special Interest Group of SAERA, of which she was also President in 2018 and 2019. Her latest books include Participatory Action Learning and Action Research: Theory, Process and Practice (Routledge, 2020), and Action Learning and Action Research: Genres and Approaches (Emerald, 2019), edited with Prof Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt, a world renowned action researcher. She is currently editing a book on community-based action research, commissioned by Palgrave MacMillan.
Date: 7 otober 2020
Time: 16h00 -17h00
Meeting ID: 922 8886 3472