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Monica Green

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Working with Community

A community enables the valuing, production and expression of a local or community-based culture, which will have unique characteristics associated with that community, which will enable people to become active producers of that culture rather than passive consumers, and which will thus encourage both diversity among communities and broad-based participation.

(Ife and Tesoriero, 2006, p98)
The concept of community reaches beyond categories of social or demographic groups to consider how people engage and interact in
local and regional environments.

(Tilbury & Wortman, 2008)
Defining Community
Arrows represent relationships and recognise cyclical crisis and renewal.
Acitivity - http://www.rrrtec.net.au/module2.html
Renewing Rural & Regional Teacher Education Curriculum
What is the physical landscape of the wider school community?
What is the history of the community in which the school is located?
What type of relationships does your school have with the broader community?
Describe the cultural and biological diversity of your community.
What significant landmarks are near by?
How would you describe the communities’ assets?
What inter-generational knowledge and skills are held by
this community?
What social justice issues exist in this community?
What groups exist in the community?
How might you work in partnership with them?
Questions adapted from... http://www.rrrtec.net.au/module2.html
Teachers dedicated to ecojustice will teach to protect living systems and community well-being by asking students to examine and respond to what degrades them.
EcoJustice Education Framework
Community-based learning
“discourse,” “the commons,” “individualism,” “anthropocentrism” and “ethnocentrism”.. what do these terms mean and why are they important for
. is an approach to pedagogy and curriculum that asks teachers to make relevant the places, people, living creatures, and ecosystems that students are an embedded part of .
Community based learning relocates classrooms outside, asking students to see themselves and their learning as a necessary part of the immediate community surrounding them.
What part of this story inspires you?
What community processes are in play?
As a teacher, how might
you participate in such initiatives?
What are the challenges of becoming part of/working with community?
Dr Monica Green
The term community has two distinct meanings:
Community usually refers to a social unit larger than a small village that shares common values. The term can also refer to the national community or international community
In biology, a community is a group of interacting living organisms sharing a populated environment. A community is a group or society, helping each other.
But then there is a school and classroom community.....
Of which there is no recipe
How will/do you create a classroom community?
Inform students about yourself.
Create classroom ‘rules’ together
Class meeting every week
Make your class welcoming to parents – have students introduce the parent.
Share classroom decorating
Have an identity – music/pets/plants/computers
Desk arrangements
Lots of group work
Praise publically, punish privately
Work with other classes / schools

And yet....
The links between local communities and schools are continuing to be under-utilized Flowers and Chodkiewicz (2009) .
What communities do you belong to?
In order to be a member of a community there must be a system of communication and belonging
(Payne et al, 2008)
What are the stumbling blocks?
What binds/unites you to these communities : what is the 'glue'?
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