ERIC Number: ED423377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Listen & Learn II.
Community Building Resources, Spruce Grove (Alberta).
Six community builders in Edmonton, Alberta, planned, developed, and implemented Listen and Learn II, a reflective research project in asset-based community building, over a 6-month period in 1998. They met regularly over 2 months to plan the research and design a method that was open to participation at any stage, encouraged exchange of information among communities, and fostered continued growth through reflection. Nine key questions guided questionnaire development: what was being done, how and where the initiative started, how community assets were found and mobilized, challenges of community building, what determined sustainability, whether there was a role for a community builder, whether there was funding, how it evolved, and how success was defined. Interview data from eight groups were interpreted in three phases. Four main conclusions were drawn: (1) three key underpinnings for asset-based community building emerged: engaging others, relationship building, and action; (2) interviews and interpretations clearly indicated that the optimal group structure in community building was one that fostered an environment where the underpinnings could happen; (3) results of Listen and Learn II affirmed the elements of RAFF (Relationships, Action, Food, and Fun) that emerged from the first phase of the project; and (4) the Listen and Learn II method nurtured community building. (Appendixes include a description of development of Listen and Learn I, a model for community building; the model; summary; questionnaire and correspondence; and data analysis plan.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Cooperation, Community Coordination, Community Development, Community Organizations, Community Resources, Foreign Countries, Models
Community Building Resources, 10, 51330 Range Road 271, Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada T7Y 1H1 ($10 Canadian dollars plus shipping).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Community Building Resources, Spruce Grove (Alberta).
Identifiers - Location: Canada