What are your thoughts on how learning communities can influence social change? What are your opinions about learning communities reaching out to civic leaders? ** Please see the attached file for the complete solution response **LEARNING COMMUNITIES AND SOCIAL CHANGELearning communities defined
A learning community is defined by an online source as, a group of people who share a common interest in a topic or area, a particular form of discourse about their phenomena, tools and sense-making approaches for building collaborative knowledge and valued activities (http://www.slideshare.net/joh5700/what-is-a-learning-community). The same source provided the definition of a community: that it is not just a group of people. It is a process of people living, working, and especially learning together. How learning communities can influence social change
Social change is said to be, a significant alteration over time in behaviour patterns and cultural values and norms. The alteration is significant because it led to intense, valuable, and long-term social consequences. Among the social changes cited include the industrial revolution and the abolition of slavery (http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/Social-Change-Defined.topicArticleId-26957,articleId-26951.html).
Because of the better capacity to learn, advance, and share knowledge, learning communities can influence social change better. The following are some learning communities that have been successful especially in promoting knowledge sharing and sense of belongingness among people (http://www.examiner.com/article/some-examples-of-learning-communities):
1. The Learning Community (Chab Dai Coalition) in Cambodia. This is said to be a network-based learning community of more than 40 Christian organization that worked against sexual abuse and trafficking in Cambodia.
2. The Freshman Learning Community of UNC. It is a program-based learning community composed of students from various disciplines who collaborated to solve problems in learning. They worked as teams in performing projects.
3. Sustainable Learning Communities Project at Trebullom Farm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09H9TUrYKeU). This is a project-based learning community that collaborated the efforts from universities, the local community, and people from different fields to deal with the community issues. This learning community develops teaching and learning resources in a residential rural environment suitable for students in a certain university. The students situate their learning in the local community context and embrace the local rural community resources in their learning and research activities. Education goes into the local rural community; it serves the rural community and at the same time is nourished and inspired by the community. Learning communities reaching out to civic leaders The above examples manifest that learning communities have been promoting civic leadership. Civic leaders are said to be using their time, skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm to promote the quality of life in the community. As such, they have positive impact on individuals and organizations (http://studentlife.ucmerced.edu/what-we-do/civic-engagement/opportunities).REFERENCES:http://www.examiner.com/article/some-examples-of-learning-communities
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