Why is it so Important to Link with the Community?

By Kerry Maree Lee.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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For decades NZ teachers have been told the virtues of linking with the community. Involving the community is seen as a way of supporting and ensuring authentic learning. Yet in 2003 an extensive survey of teachers found this not to be occurring. This paper will document the emphasis placed on linking with the community and possible reasons why teachers are not supporting this notion.

Keywords: Community Links, Technology Education, Community Involvement, Authenticity

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 5, pp.109-114. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 521.735KB).

Kerry Maree Lee

Senior Lecturer, School for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Kerry Lee is senior lecturer in Technology Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Kerry has a Bachelor of Science degree from Massey University. Her Masters in Education specialises in Technology education. Her thesis focussed on primary and tertiary institution links when teaching Technology education. Kerry has presented papers on technology education at numerous national and international conferences including the International Conference on Technology Education Research 2001 & 2006; Breakthroughs- The Ninth International conference on Thinking, 2001 and TENZ conferences 1997, 1999, 2001 & 2003. Kerry was invited to be the plenary speaker on Technology Education at the 8th five-year planning meeting for 10 South East Asian countries at SEAMEO RECSAM, Malaysia, 2003. She has been published in the International Journal of Technology and Design Education; the International Journal of Diversity and Organisations Communities and Nations; The Journal of Technology Studies and the International Journal of Teaching and Learning and High Education (in press).

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