Papers & Workshops



  Developing Curricular and Appropriate Learning Strategies for Community Development and Peace Studies


Paul Chantrill and Rebecca Spence

Faculty of Education, Health and Professional Studies, University of New England, NSW Australia

This paper presents an opportunity for our reflection on the motives, process and outcomes of efforts to develop a dynamic course structure in which to teach current community development practice and peacemaking. We recognise the need for more applied learning to better support our student profile which is increasingly made up of community development practitioners and peace workers. The learning environment we seek to provide offers students the opportunity to:
1. Consolidate and monitor their own practice in the field;
2. Evaluate their own workplace environment and learning experiences in the field with reference to other students' comparative experience; and
3. Interact with teaching staff who act as providers of resources, networking contacts and people with whom to engage in critical reflection
The paper concludes that a dynamic, flexible and cooperative learning is appropriate to suitable to contemporary adult and professional workplace education.
  Presentation Format: 45 min. paper

RMIT, Melbourne, Australia

5-9 July 2000