Community engagement: Barriers and drivers in South African higher education.

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dc.contributor.author Johnson, B.J.
dc.date.accessioned 2022-03-16T12:36:14Z
dc.date.available 2022-03-16T12:36:14Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Johnson, B.J. 2020. Community engagement: Barriers and drivers in South African higher education. South African Journal of Higher Education 34 (6), 87-105. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1753-5913
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/32809
dc.description.abstract Community engagement professionals experience numerous barriers even though community engagement is the third mission of the university alongside first, teaching and learning, and second, research. Community engagement professionals often refer to community engagement as the “stepchild” of higher education. Yet there are also inter-related successful drivers. This article identifies the barrier–driver duality and makes a case for their systemic interconnectedness, an area that has thus far been underexplored. A prominent barrier for community engagement professionals is that there is a lack of substantive conceptualisation of community engagement, intensified by the contradictory placing of community engagement within community and university structures. Interconnected to such barriers, prominent drivers demonstrate the value of scholarly, reflective practice and to enhance the leadership role of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum, inclusive of the views of pertinent members such as academic leaders, students and communities. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.rights Copyright © 2021 South African Journal of Higher Education en_ZA
dc.title Community engagement: Barriers and drivers in South African higher education. en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 34 en_ZA
dc.journal.title South African Journal of Higher Education en_ZA
dc.description.librarian MS2022 en_ZA
dc.journal.link https://doi.org/10.20853/34-6-4116. en_ZA
dc.journal.issue 6 en_ZA
dc.article.start-page 87 en_ZA
dc.article.end-page 105 en_ZA
dc.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.school Wits School of Education en_ZA


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