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University Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning

The Porous University

Authors: Preece, Julia

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  • Re-thinks how university community engagement functions as a lifelong learning resource for communitiesArgues that meaningful engagement between universities and the community should involve community empowerment, rather than being solely led by universities
  • Draws on a theoretical framework of capabilities and asset based community development 
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This book offers a conceptual re-think of how university community engagement functions as a lifelong learning resource for communities. While having a specific focus on the South African context, it has important implications for other universities which are concerned with their communities, and makes a compelling argument for the university as a public good, in spite of current trends towards marketization and commodification of higher education. The book draws on a theoretical framework of capabilities, asset-based community development, and the adult learning concept of dialogue, to propose a model whereby the boundary walls of the university become metaphorically ‘porous’, so that community members feel free to interact with the university as equal members of society. A historical outline of African universities is provided, as well as an exploration of the evolution of terms for community engagement, service learning and learning cities; and an examination of the policy and practice implications for the ideological model of a porous university.

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Julia Preece is Professor of Adult Education at the Durban University of Technology and Honorary Professor at the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State in South Africa.  She has published widely on adult education, lifelong learning and community engagement.

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“Julia Preece’s book is an exciting and very important book for the community engagement field—not just in South Africa and the global south where many of her case studies are located, but for the field more broadly too. … this is an excellent book and an essential read for SL and CE practitioners and students in both the global South and North.” (Janice McMillan, International Journal of Lifelong Education, Vol. 37 (6), 2018)


“This clear and illuminating book makes a substantial contribution to the scholarship on university community engagement. It does this at a theoretical level by drawing innovatively on asset-based and capability perspectives, as well as literature on learning cities and regions. At contextual and empirical levels, it uses African examples of good practice. I found the book personally useful for my own continuing understanding and practice in learning from and with communities from a university base.” (Prof Peter Rule, Centre for Higher and Adult Education, Stellenbosch University, South Africa)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
University Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning
Book Subtitle
The Porous University
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-56163-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-56163-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-56162-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-85840-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 214
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