The community for community (C4C) project initiative at the University of Southern Queensland as a model of university-community engagement

Burton, Lorelle Jane and Postle, Glen David (2014) The community for community (C4C) project initiative at the University of Southern Queensland as a model of university-community engagement. In: Community capacity building: lessons from adult learning in Australia. NIACE, Leicester, United Kingdom, pp. 57-75. ISBN 978-1-86201-722-1

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Community capacity building is a process which brings communities together to address issues of local importance. The concept of Community for Community (C4C) provides a model for a regional Australian university to effectively engage in successful community capacity building activities in its local region. It is a practical way to tackle the challenge set by Ernest Boyer to connect the rich resources of the university to pressing social, civic, and ethical problems. The C4C model also improves the university's capacity to engage more broadly by opening up communication channels, and encourages greater mutual understanding and respect between the university and local communities. In essence, it provides an effective channel for university staff to marry their academic expertise and interests with their personal civic interests for the good of the community. Throughout this process, communities learn and grow together. C4C is thus a model for an engaged university working with its communities as an equal partner in building capacity.

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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: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2015 02:44
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2017 04:54
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
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment

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