Category Archives: Facilitation & teaching

A community engagement reading list

 The following are some readings from a couple of subjects I teach (at both an undergraduate and postgraduate) on community engagement. The reading lists for the two courses are quite different but I have combined them here to provide a … Continue reading

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Updating a course on community engagement

I’m in the process of restructuring the undergraduate online elective I teach on community engagement (HLSC2241). I have made quite a few chances since developing it in 2008, but I’ve been finding students were confusing some of the concepts involved … Continue reading

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Join me at an Unconference in Victoria (24-27 November)

If you are interested in exploring strengths-based processes like asset-based community-driven development and appreciative inquiry, or inclusive group processes like circle work, open space or world café, why don’t you join me at the first Victorian Unconference? In November this … Continue reading

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Selecting an example of community engagement to critique

I ask students doing an online subject on community engagement at the University of Newcastle to critique an example of community engagement as one of their major assessments and, because the students come from a wide range of disciplines, it … Continue reading

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Teaching community engagement to students from 29 disciplines

Completing this course has made me become more active within my own community. I have taken up netball coaching as well as volunteering at the local primary school. (Student from Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives) As a lecturer I hope … Continue reading

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Workshops for Aboriginal fathers in prison – what we learnt

In this post, the last in a series on some fathering workshops I helped facilitate for Aboriginal men in jail, I explore some of the things we (Craig Hammond and I) learnt from doing the workshops. The workshops, Brothers Inside, … Continue reading

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Workshops for Aboriginal fathers in prison – what worked

In this post, part of a series on some fathering workshops I helped facilitate (with Craig Hammond) for Aboriginal men in jail, I explore some of the things that worked well. The workshops, Brothers Inside, were generally 4½ days spread … Continue reading

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Workshops for Aboriginal fathers in prison – challenges

I mentioned in my last post that, as part of shifting the focus of my work to parenting and families, I’ve been reflecting on some of the work I’ve done with families over the years. Yesterday I wrote about the … Continue reading

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The Unconference: a participatory, inclusive gathering

Last week I participated in the second Unconference near Newcastle. According to the Unconference website: An ‘Unconference’ is a participant-driven gathering. Delegates actively contribute to the agenda sharing lots of dynamic open discussions. Rather than a single speaker at the … Continue reading

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Reflections on using conversations in a course on community engagement

In the undergraduate online community engagement elective I teach, I introduce students to strengths-based approaches (e.g., asset-based community-driven development and appreciative inquiry). To encourage them to think about the difference between deficit-based questions and strengths-based questions, I ask students to … Continue reading

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