Community engagement for student learning in geography

Sarah Witham Bednarz*, Brian Chalkley, Stephen Fletcher, Iain Hay, Erena Le Heron, Audrey Mohan, Julie Trafford

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This article examines the role and purpose of community engagement as a learning and teaching strategy within higher education geography. It explores different interpretations of the concept of community engagement and illustrates different examples of this kind of learning through six case studies drawn from Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA. Key factors which can lead to success in community engagement and also some of the risks and challenges are discussed. Geographers are encouraged to become involved in this kind of experiential learning and to share practice across a wide range of institutions and countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-100
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008


  • Community engagement
  • Experiential learning
  • Placements
  • Service learning


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