ERIC Number: ED426499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Mapping Community Assets Workbook. Strengthening Community Education: The Basis for Sustainable Renewal.
Asset mapping--drawing a map of what is valuable in a community--is an exercise in community development. A process for determining assets in the individual and in the community is provided in this workbook. It begins by asking the reader to perform a self-assessment to determine personal assets. Knowledge of each asset enhances self-awareness, and we learn about something by investigating the components that compose it. The text then explores ways to map one's community, to identify the needs, strengths, and powerful and positive people who make up the community. It is important to solicit many different views on the strengths of the community, and one way to do this is to develop a questionnaire for residents. The questions should reflect the goals of the community. Once the assets are listed, a pool of resources, skills, and knowledge can be defined. Next, the assets of institutions, such as schools and the children they educate, may be listed. By learning how to ask what communities have to offer, a process of building, creating, and developing can be put into motion, and new ideas for community building can be gained. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Community Development, Community Education, Community Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Formative Evaluation, Outreach Programs, School Community Relationship
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR, Rural Education Program.