n Journal of Educational Studies - Students' reflections on the benefits of community engagement programmes in a rural-based university, a pursuit for social justice
|Article Title||Students' reflections on the benefits of community engagement programmes in a rural-based university, a pursuit for social justice|
|© Publisher:||University of Venda|
|Journal||Journal of Educational Studies|
|Affiliations||1 University of Venda, 2 University of Venda and 3 University of Venda|
|Publication Date||Jan 2011|
|Pages||121 - 137|
|Issue||Special issue 1|
|Keyword(s)||Academic success, Community engagement, Social capital, Social justice and Student engagement|
A qualitative design was used to explore the ways in which students benefitted from their involvement in community engagement programmes in a rural-based university. A focused reflective discussion group departed from the question, "How has your involvement in community engagement activities benefitted you over the years?" Findings show that students acquire a sense of identity, self-worth, awareness and belonging, more insights into their studies through out-of-classroom opportunities that breach the theory-practice divide, and a platform to redefine personal goals and purpose as students in pursuit for social justice.
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