Educating Practical Visionaries at Tufts University: Toward Community-University Co-Learning
Abstract: This paper contextualizes Co-learning, an emerging practice of sustained community partnership at Tufts University's Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP). Co-learning draws upon service learning, community-based research, university/community engagement and anchor institution strategies. It seeks to cultivate sustained and reciprocal partnerships that can trans... read moreform power relationships in society and in the university. The paper historicizes Co-learning within UEP's more than 40 years of community engaged learning, and through broader analysis of efforts to democratize U.S. universities, including popular movements and anti-racist struggles. Additionally it draws lessons from UEP's sustained partnerships with four organizations: Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE), Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), and Somerville Community Corporation (SCC). It concludes with a framework for the implementation of Co-learning, and suggests challenges, opportunities and questions it raises for the department, the university, and for the field of democratic higher education.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2016.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisors: Penn Loh, and Lorlene Hoyt.
Keywords: Educational philosophy, Higher education, and Urban planning.read less