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ERIC Number: EJ1143594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Touching Community: The Risky and Impressive Work of an Experimental Community
Tavares, Hannah M.
Educational Perspectives, v48 n1-2 p55-62 2016
This essay describes the collaboration of the author with a community-based organization of women serving a predominantly, but not exclusively, immigrant and diasporic Filipino community in the county of Hawai'i to co-create an education project. It offers an analysis of two seemingly divergent communities and their presumably distinct practices and linguistic registers: social foundations expertise and the production of academic knowledge and practitioner expertise and community base organizing. With a focus on the processes, challenges, and risks of this collaboration, the author shows the formation of an experimental community in which a group of women with different professional backgrounds, skills, interests, and political outlooks came together to create an actionable project: a community education conference that addresses a pressing community issue and discuss the social knowledge that unfolded as a result. There are two aims of this essay. The first is to illustrate how theoretic-practice is enacted in a space that is deemed "non-academic." The second is to bring that non-academic space of learning into the network of pedagogical discursive practices. The author does this to encourage a broader view of education. This broader view proceeds from the belief that education cannot be confined to what happens in schools and classrooms but is a situated human activity embedded in everyday social life.
Descriptors: Community Organizations, Females, Discourse Analysis, Risk, Cooperation, Program Development, Community Education, Conferences (Gatherings), Networks, Teaching Methods, Educational Philosophy, Social Life, Filipino Americans, Feminism, Researchers, Social Work, Health Services, Family Violence, Lawyers, Professional Personnel, Employment Opportunities, Trauma, History
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
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