Enhancing Learning through Community-Based Partnership

University Partnerships for International Development

ISBN: 978-1-78635-302-3, eISBN: 978-1-78635-301-6

ISSN: 2055-3641

Publication date: 10 December 2016


This chapter describes a particular course that was undertaken as part of a partnership between three community institutions: a classroom of college undergraduate learners, residents of a local homeless outreach center, and the members of a neighboring social justice oriented Christian community. The project was an interdisciplinary endeavor, facilitated by the authors who represent the humanities, specifically Religious Studies and Education. The students in the course represented a cross-section of the institution where the authors teach: various majors, both declared and undeclared; students from different enrollment years; various ages; and mixed race and ethnicity. The first part of this chapter addresses a theoretical framework related to community-based learning and service-learning related to the role of such partnerships in higher education with specific focus on a particular course. The second part addresses the significance of the social change model and purposeful student self-reflection within such partnerships as a way to enhance student learning. The final part of the chapter includes an evaluation of the community collaboration with respect to process and student learning.



Rademacher, N. and Sheety, A. (2016), "Enhancing Learning through Community-Based Partnership", University Partnerships for International Development (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 191-205. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2055-364120160000008018

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