Community Organizations and Education

ED/EDST 4000 3.00

In this research course students conduct a small-scale study exploring how community organizations carry out their educational functions in increasingly changing, culturally diverse, inequitable contexts. Drawing upon disciplinary conceptualizations of community in fields such as psychology, critical psychology, sociology, education, social work , students are introduced to a broad discussion of community and how ideas of community can inform the work of community organizations. Multiple understandings of community—as theory, as place, as method, as identity, as ideology, as policy and practice— are used to review and rethink the work of community organizations as community resources providing education for the learning needs, interests and aspirations of community members. Students examine, in reference to their own research study, the place of community organizations as constituents of change