Better Understanding the Community Value of a University Service-learning Engagement Project
Friday, October 20, 2017
11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CDT
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Our presentation explores the community value of a university service-learning engagement project in a Kansas community. We do this through analysis of a student-driven planning project in the City of Emporia’s Peter Pan Park during the spring of 2017.
During the 2017 spring semester the City of Emporia worked with two classes from Kansas State University’s department of Landscape Architecture and Regional and Community Planning to explore opportunities to re-design a large, but underutilized, community park so that it can better serve a growingly diverse population. This process included two public meetings where attendees were surveyed to assess their understanding and perception of working with students on such a project. Most research on service-learning is from the student perspective, not the community’s, with a few exceptions. Our presentation deepens this discourse by exploring the perceived value, with possible trade-offs, of a university service-learning engagement project in a Kansas community.
Bonnie Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org