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Unpublished Paper
Academically Based Community Service and Communities of Difference
  • Gloria Gordon, PhD, London South Bank University
Academically-Based Community Service (ABCS) is used as an educational philosophy through which learners in my classrooms engage with social issues within and beyond the classroom/university. ABCS is based on the idea that higher education institutions are of primary importance in any society and especially so in a globalising world – in short what we, as academics and students, do matters and makes a difference in society/the world. Students are facilitated to realise that through their studies they are exploring the means by which they can be of service to their communities and world. ABCS allows them to engage with this process consciously. Students are therefore introduced to the idea that they, as individuals, are significant stakeholders in Higher Education Institutions and that who they are and what they do through their studies actually really matters. The methods that underpin participatory action learning and teaching, the approach that supports ABCS, encourages students to engage actively with the academic subject matter being studied towards the important goal of developing a ‘community of difference’ in the classroom as learners come to appreciate that there can be unity-in-diversity. This goal is important especially for the Human Resource Management students taught. Self-reflection, sense-making and dialogue are the primary tools used to facilitate real and relevant learning.
  • Academically Based Community Service; Learning and Teaching
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Gloria Gordon. "Academically Based Community Service and Communities of Difference" (2005)
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