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Title: From the classroom to the community and back: The development of a community-based research model for contemporary higher education
Authors: Toh Tai Chong 
Tambyah, Siok Kuan 
Keywords: Community development
Research methods
Experiential learning
Issue Date: 7-Jan-2020
Publisher: The International Academic Forum
Citation: Toh Tai Chong, Tambyah, Siok Kuan (2020-01-07). From the classroom to the community and back: The development of a community-based research model for contemporary higher education. The Asian Conference on Education 2019 Official Conference Proceedings : 731-731. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Community-based research is a collaborative research approach to address a community-identified need that can also be used as a pedagogical tool. In this study, we describe the development of the Capstone experience module, an academic module at a residential college in an Asian university. This module creates an unique learning environment through the formation of a tripartite partnership among undergraduates, educators and the community to collaboratively engage in research to effect social change. Through the ‘inward’ constructive alignment of the assessments to the module Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) and the ‘upwards’ mapping to the broader educational aims (i.e. Programme ILOs and Association of American Colleges and University Essential LOs), we were able to validate that this module fits coherently with the broader curricular approach to scaffold the students’ personal development within the university. Through a hermeneutic analysis of the reflections of students in their learning journals, we demonstrate that such an approach can benefit the community partner and provide opportunities for the undergraduates’ development of critical competencies. These results accentuated how community based research projects hold significant pedagogical value for contemporary higher education.
Source Title: The Asian Conference on Education 2019 Official Conference Proceedings
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/163606
ISSN: 21865892
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