Engaged Scholarship experiences from the United States and England

Delaforce, Wayne H. (2008) Engaged Scholarship experiences from the United States and England. QUT.



The nature of the program submitted in the Professional Development Program application was one in which it was proposed, to not only visit the identified sites in the United States and United Kingdom detailed but also, with the support of the hosts, explore the nature of the engagement activities within their institutions and the systems and processes they use to undertake, manage and report on these. Each site was chosen because of its leadership in higher or cross sectoral education in the field of engagement and or service learning and their derivatives.

During the program and with the evolution of the discussions and information sharing, the process focused increasingly on the contextual frame in which the institutions undertook there engagement activities and the effect on and strategic alignment at the organisational level. This refinement has now led to significant opportunity for ongoing collaborative work both in practical and research terms with the hosts and exploration of the global context in which the higher education engagement process and resultant scholarship are conducted.

In particular, Portland State University, the University of Pennsylvania, University of California and the Minnesota State System in the USA and the Universities of the North East through the University of Newcastle in the UK are discussing collaborations, exchanges and research opportunities. They and others are also interested in the systematic way in which QUT has undertaken our Engagement journey and the rational for this as detailed in the publication Challenging Boundaries: Perspectives on community – university engagement. I was fortunate to have a number of advance copies of the publication with which I could share our work at QUT and my regional level work on behalf of QUT. As a result, articulating further the process and strategic alignment with which I have been intimately involved over the past six years.

I recognise the considerable support of the university for my program given its breadth and duration. I also acknowledge the research support for nominated aspects of the program and most importantly my hosts and family for supporting my passion and sharing so opening their respective time, knowledge and my extended absence from home. Throughout the program I was also able to present my work and research and the broader QUT journey in open forums, lectures and presentations to staff, students and community to further articulate and highlight the QUT and NCEP story. As an aid in this report and a precursor to publishing this work through QUT e-prints I have linked a number of sites that will contextualise the various sections of the report.

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ID Code: 14373
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Additional Information: This report forms part of a QUT Professional Development Program conducted between August 29 and November 5 2007 to the United States and United Kingdom.
Keywords: Community Engagement, Action Research, Learning Audit
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Wayne H. Delaforce
Deposited On: 12 Aug 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:02

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