The Impact of Community Engagement Within a Learning Community on Students’ Positive Development (79206)

Session Information: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Session Chair: Kari Krell

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 10:05
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Positive youth development recognizes the importance of addressing students' broader developmental needs through community engagement and empowering experiences with adults. This paper reports on a project involving secondary school students' engagement in a learning community, alongside university students and older adults. Students were empowered to take an active role in planning and implementing a series of activities while being mentored by university students. A total of 161 students from eight schools took part in the project over a two-year period. Students' feedback was collected through a questionnaire survey and focus group interviews. Results showed that students developed a better understanding of others and were able to learn from and work with other participants in the community. Moreover, they indicated improved self-reflection, enhanced organizational skills, and a strong sense of community engagement. The focus group interviews further attested to the positive impact of the project on students' personal growth. Apart from acquiring knowledge and transferable skills, students felt empowered and demonstrated changes in values and attitudes towards others and the community. These findings highlight the significance of involving students in learning experiences within the community and providing them with opportunities to undertake leadership roles in safe and supportive environments. This project underscores the importance of fostering community engagement among students and creating learning environments that facilitate their holistic growth.

Atara Sivan, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Atara Sivan is a University Professor/Principal Lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong

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