Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Community education is an educational philosophy and a process that expands traditional roles of K–12 education by linking them with community learning. In itself, it is a cooperative entity designed to enrich individuals and groups by engaging residents of particular respective regions that share common interests in developing a range of learning, action, and reflection opportunities. This development is determined by their personal, social, economic, religious, and political lifeworld needs. Subsequently, this educational philosophy underlies community schools, advocating the creation of opportunities for community members—individuals, schools, associations, businesses, and public and private organizations—by forming partnerships among and between those groups to address community needs. The concept of community education is inherently related to the notion of community itself. Since the late nineteenth century, the use of the term community has been associated with the desire to revive the tighter and more harmonious relationships assumed to exist between people. The In ...