Innovative Community-Engaged Learning Projects: From Chemical Reactions to Community Interactions

McDonnell, Claire (2015) Innovative Community-Engaged Learning Projects: From Chemical Reactions to Community Interactions. In: Chemistry Education. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, pp. 345-374. ISBN 9783527679300

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A critical review of developments in community-based learning (also called service-learning) and community-based research in chemistry education at second and third level is provided in this chapter. The focus is on innovative and interesting projects implemented over the last 5 years, but relevant initiatives prior to this are also incorporated. Evidence for the effects on student learning, motivation, and personal and professional development that arise from community engagement is examined, as are the consequences of this pedagogical approach for academic staff, educational institutions, and community partners. Other aspects that are considered include facilitating the effective and sustainable implementation of activities and projects, minimizing obstacles, maximizing potential synergies, and the impact of the local institutional culture and support framework. Current and potential future developments are then reviewed, and the evaluation made is that a critical mass of chemistry community-engaged learning activity appears to be developing.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: community-based learning; community-based research; community-university engagement; community-engaged learning; chemistry education; community-engaged scholarship; service-learning; authentic learning; community partners
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 09:52

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