This chapter documents an innovative pedagogical application of a service-learning oriented approach, pioneered by academics at a University in the North of England (UNEUK). Referred to as directed experiential learning, the core ethos of this approach connected forms of close-to-practice research, critical reflection, and community engagement and as such brought about a radical reworking of the final year of study for an existing undergraduate program – a BA (Hons) Education Studies. Responding to a broadening professional context within UK schools, this program prepared nascent professional educators and through their studies, invited them to engage in university–community partnerships where their learning and contributions to practice were inextricably conjoined.
Murphy and Tan, as editors, wish to acknowledge all of our colleagues who contributed, both national and international, to the writing of this chapter. And, to all the students who willingly contributed to the research.
Murphy, T.R.N., Tan, J.E.C., Luna, E., Bertomeu, P.F., Furco, A., Harrison, C.L., Laurence, P., Martin, D. and Walker, G. (2017), "Developing Local and International Collaborations to Enhance the Student Learning Experience through University–Community Engagements", University Partnerships for Pre-Service and Teacher Development (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 10), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 109-126. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2055-364120170000010007Download as .RIS
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