Facilitating active citizenship in students through the strengthening of university-community partnerships

Rika Swanzen, Victoria L. Graham

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


In South Africa, the integration of community engagement into research and teaching roles is mandated through policy guidelines, which created the need for transformation of Higher Education (HE) since the late 1990s. One approach that allows such integration is service-learning and this approach is the focus of a research study conducted with field supervisors to determine the level of reciprocal engagement experienced by them. Communication plays a strong role in authentic university-community partnerships (UCPs) and Monash South Africa is cognisant of the challenges encountered with regard to diversity during placements or internships, some of which were discovered through the study. The ultimate aim of the chapter is to offer some recommendations for having a student-engaged and community-focused curriculum with reflections on its internationality and inter-disciplinary impact.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Effective Communication in Culturally Diverse Classrooms
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9781466699540
ISBN (Print)1466699531, 9781466699533
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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