London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Local community as a platform for students learning

Author(s) Zaleskienė, I.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2012  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Creating Communities: Local, National and Global  
Age group -  
This paper focuses on the issue of how to involve local communities in students’ learning/teaching process. The author discusses attempts undertaken by the teacher training university in Lithuania to activate local community members and institutions in order to create a local community as a platform for students learning. The first part of the paper analyses the theoretical concept of the ‘sense of community’, following this a piloted educational strategy, based on Service Learning methodology and with strong involvement of university students and members of the community, is presented. And finally, empirical data from the case study is discussed and some conclusions are proposed on the effectiveness of developing strategies for building local communities as a platform for students learning. Keywords: local community, sense of community, learning/teaching process

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