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Learning through Research: A Regional University and its Community


Kilpatrick, SI and Jones, TA and Barrett, MS, Learning through Research: A Regional University and its Community, International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, 2, (2) pp. 36-49. ISSN 1833-4105 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5172/ijpl.2.2.36


Regional universities bring a research capacity to their home locations that is rarely available through other mechanisms in the region. University initiated research projects conducted locally can provide an opportunity for regional communities to examine their practices through a different lens. Through these projects, researchers in regional universities whose research includes sites internal and external to the region are able to connect their region to national and global contexts. Research presents many opportunities for regional universities and their communities to learn together. There is some evidence that policy-makers are aware of the importance of behavioural relationships in the engagement of regional universities with communities. Policy documents tend to focus on the macro, institutional level benefits, structural incentives and impediments to university and community engagement. This paper examines research from one faculty based on a regional university campus: the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania in Launceston in Australia. It takes a micro view, considering benefits and factors influencing success for small research teams and individual researchers and their community research associates. A learning community approach, where synergies from collaboration can generate new knowledge for the benefit of all university and community players, emerges as an effective model for regional engagement through research.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:regional university, research, learning community
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Other education
Research Field:Other education not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, SI (Professor Sue Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Jones, TA (Dr Tammy Jones)
UTAS Author:Barrett, MS (Professor Margaret Barrett)
ID Code:40321
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-01
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