Considering community capacity building and exploring engagement: contemporary universities contributing to their respective regions

Danaher, Patrick Alan and Postle, Glen David and Burton, Lorelle Jane (2014) Considering community capacity building and exploring engagement: contemporary universities contributing to their respective regions. In: Community capacity building: lessons from adult learning in Australia. NIACE, Leicester, United Kingdom, pp. 5-23. ISBN 978-1-86201-722-1

Abstract

Contemporary universities enact numerous responsibilities to diverse constituencies and stakeholders in their respective regions. They have a distinctive and significant role to play in helping to generate community capacity building through their stores of capital and their knowledge creation and dissemination. Yet this role produces a paradox that many universities have still to resolve: the multiple manifestations and meanings of communities and the highly varied currencies at work in those communities. This multiplicity in turn makes it difficult for universities to engage effectively with their regional contexts and to contribute sustainably to community capacity building. This chapter outlines this conundrum and uses it to present the book's rationale and structure. In doing so, the editors present a framework for the subsequent chapters to highlight practice and research strategies that promote synergies between capacity building and engagement that are likely to maximise successful outcomes for universities and their regional communities.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2015 01:59
Last Modified: 10 May 2017 05:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; capacity building; community-university relations; regions; university engagement
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130101 Continuing and Community Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24988

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