July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Liberal Education/Engineering & Society, Community Engagement Division, and Equity, Culture & Social Justice in Education
Existing community engagement and service-learning models intrinsically focus on placement-based experiences. This matches much of the early work in service-learning and fits those contexts well. However, engineering community engagement is typically project-based, which introduces elements and considerations not explicitly covered by these existing models. Balancing the many aspects and interconnections of high-impact community engagement is challenging. A project deliverable is central to many engineering experiences, while the project process, including activities and relationships, also binds the system and experience together. Both of these generate and redistribute value to the stakeholders from the resources input. A visual model has been developed which facilitates reflection on program design, development, and assessment. The model drives intentional consideration, definition, and organization of stakeholders, project deliverables, project process, recourses input, and value produced.
This newly created model has been applied to two cases, as examples of how it can be utilized across diverse programs. One program is large and has a strong emphasis on design. The second is smaller and focused on outreach. Both engage primarily engineering students and seek to balance the interests of multiple partners. The model is shown to be adaptable for these differing cases and provides an effective framework for reflection on their structures. The model offers opportunities to explicitly define stakeholders as well as to highlight and discuss both the recourses provided and the value gained by each of the various stakeholders through the engagement project deliverables and process. Examples are shared from each of the cases considered in this paper. Discussion is included on the value of the modeling process, in addition to where the model can be applied as a practical program tool or scholarly theoretical framework. Future work will include refining the model and adding tools to make the model even more helpful to practitioners and researchers.
Leidig, P. A., & Oakes, W. C. (2021, July), Engagement in Practice: Project-Based Community Engagement Model Preliminary Case Studies Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37042
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