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Educational Research for Social Change

versión On-line ISSN 2221-4070


VAN EEDEN, Elize; ELOFF, Irma  y  DIPPENAAR, Hanlie. On Responses of Higher Education and Training With(in) Society Through Research, Teaching, and Community Engagement. Educ. res. soc. change [online]. 2021, vol.10, n.1, pp.1-15. ISSN 2221-4070.

This article presents a trend analysis of the directions, nuances, and theoretical developments in community engagement (CE) practices in higher education and training (HET) environments in South Africa since 1994. It focuses on the nexus of research, teaching and learning, and community engagement. The article identifies specific associations of CE with core HET activities, illustrating how this integrated approach has brought about positive change. The research was conducted in three phases. In Phase I, purposeful sampling was used to identify the published work of leading scholars in South Africa who had engaged with the call for adopting a more transformative and collaborative approach to research such that the very act of academically engaging with(in) community became an educationally visionary act. In Phase II, the scope of the sampling was broadened to include research in multiple disciplines. In the third phase, the sampling was broadened chronologically to include research since the 1990s, and limited to the social sciences in order to conduct a trend analysis that considered historical context and growth directions in CE in the social sciences. The discussion presents an analysis of trends that emanated from research responses to CE by HET.

Palabras clave : community engagement; higher education and training; service learning; partnerships; collaborative research; society; trends analysis; community-based collaborative research; nuances.

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