Introduction to Community Development
Theory, Practice, and Service-Learning
- Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. - Delta State University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Gary Paul Green - University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
This collection of work by leading community development scholars presents students with a theoretical and practical introduction to the field. The text progresses seamlessly from a theoretical overview to a historical overview to three approaches to community development (ecological, interactional, and structural-functional), then explores the practice of community development along with technical assistance, action research, evaluation research, and the role of local organizations, local leadership, and coalitions. The book concludes with critical issues, such as rural development, inner-city development, youth in community development, health care, public schools, and sustainable development.
Key features include:
- New community development intervention models, using examples from recent events to demonstrate the strengths and challenges of such models
- Community service-learning activities, providing useful examples and case studies of successful service-learning programs in communities
- A hierarchy of learning activities and exercises within each chapter, ensuring that students learn how to apply concepts to real-world issues
- Relevant cases of successful community development interventions, giving students examples of 'best practices'
- Major trends, challenges, and prospects for the future in community development, helping students identify key issues and opportunities
Accompanied by effective teaching and learning ancillaries at www.sagepub.com/robinson:
- Instructor Teaching Site: Password-protected resources contain learning modules, developed by the authors, which include exercises and activities which reinforce chapter content, and demonstrate application of concepts in real-life communities.
- Student Study Site: Open-access study materials include chapter self-quizzes to aid content learning.
This book provides an essential introduction to community development for undergraduates and postgraduate students.
I believe I am going to adopt Asset Building and Community Development
Not quite at the graduate level really. I think it would be great for an undergrad course, but my grad students need something with more depth and more emphasis on research.
The material in this book was excellent and helped the students get a good understanding of the theory and practical aspects of Community Development.
Good introductory text, covers all key issues
This book best fit the goals of our program (MA in Community and Economic Development) and the cornerstone course, Principles of Community and Economic Development. We also liked the progression of learning activities from lower order skills (LARK) to the higher order skills of integration (SOAR) and application to realistic situations(LIFE).
A very helpful and accessible primer for postgraduate students new to the area.
Introduction to Community Development provides a historical and current framework for identifying and understanding the critical influences community development plays in society. This book will be instrumental in providing my students an understanding on community development theory, practice, and service learning.
Very comprehensive introduction to the subject matter
The book is relevant to my course and is very thorough covering many critical facets of community development.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1 - Developing Communities
Chapter 16 - Sustainable Communities: Sustainability and Community Development