Towards a conceptual model of community development

Dawson, Shane P. (2007) Towards a conceptual model of community development. In Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia: Enhancing Higher Education, Theory and Scholarship, 8-11 July, Adelaide.


The concept of community has received increasing interest within the education literature as a strategy for responding to the demands associated with education consumerism and the student learning experience. However, the diversity of definitions and understandings associated with the concept has resulted in the adoption of multiple methods for evaluation. This paper proposes a model of community as a commencement point for developing a shared understanding of the factors that impact on student psychological sense of community. The model of community proposed is founded on community theory combined with research from a two year large scale mixed-methodological study. The conceptual model has direct practical applications for university staff in terms of monitoring and assessing strategies designed to foster community and for understanding the ebb and flow of student sense of community within the higher education environment.

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ID Code: 12345
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 08:05

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