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Grassroots Engagement within a Regional Education Environment – A Program Theory Approach

Delaforce, Wayne H., Buckley, Judi A., Adkins, Barbara A., & Rich, Bruce R. (2007) Grassroots Engagement within a Regional Education Environment – A Program Theory Approach. In 6th International Service-Learning Research Conference: From Passion to Objectivity: International and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Service-Learning Research, October 13 - October 16, 2006, Portland, Oregon, United States. (Unpublished)

Abstract

As with policy and programs generally, education community engagement tends to lack a coherent and explicit theory explaining why and how engagement strategies are likely to achieve desired and articulated outcomes. This paper addresses the problem by proposing a theoretical framework for educational and community cross-sectoral collaboration and engagement in the context of education sector engagement at a regional level in the northern corridor of Brisbane, Australia. Locating the relationships involved in engagement within a program theory of cross-sectoral collaboration and its proposed outcomes, this paper explores how Basil Bernstein's idea of classification and Ernest Boyer's concept of the scholarships of integration and application can be applied to identify the mechanisms through which engagement is generated. A series of cases studies is presented to illustrate the processes, incorporating shared physical, virtual and human infrastructure and curriculum initiatives that represent a multiplicity of activities and levels of engagement.

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ID Code: 13038
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: This paper forms part of developmental work for the PhD program for Wayne Delaforce and will be published in the Thesis document.
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Keywords: Engagement, Collaboration, Boyer, Bernstein
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 18 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:57

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