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University Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning: The Porous University (Paperback)
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University Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning: The Porous University (Paperback)

Paperback 214 Pages / Published: 12/08/2018
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This book offers a conceptual re-think of how university community engagement functions as a lifelong learning resource for communities. While having a specific focus on the South African context, it has important implications for other universities which are concerned with their communities, and makes a compelling argument for the university as a public good, in spite of current trends towards marketization and commodification of higher education. The book draws on a theoretical framework of capabilities, asset-based community development, and the adult learning concept of dialogue, to propose a model whereby the boundary walls of the university become metaphorically `porous', so that community members feel free to interact with the university as equal members of society. A historical outline of African universities is provided, as well as an exploration of the evolution of terms for community engagement, service learning and learning cities; and an examination of the policy and practice implications for the ideological model of a porous university.

Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN: 9783319858401
Number of pages: 214
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm
Edition: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 201


"Julia Preece's book is an exciting and very important book for the community engagement field-not just in South Africa and the global south where many of her case studies are located, but for the field more broadly too. ... this is an excellent book and an essential read for SL and CE practitioners and students in both the global South and North." (Janice McMillan, International Journal of Lifelong Education, Vol. 37 (6), 2018)

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