Vol 6 (2013)

This volume of Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement features articles notable for the complexity of the collaborative work described, as well as a fine-grained attentiveness to questions of perspective, participation and governance. The authors of Experiences of participation in community-based research decision-making explore how community members may weigh up their involvement in terms of risk, and their reflections resonate with ideas raised in Levels and networks in community partnerships, in which aspirations toward an ‘ideal’ level A engagement are tempered by an appreciation for the way in which different partnerships exist in a networked, interdependent relationship.

Perhaps not surprisingly, our two practice-based articles describe multi-party, large-scale, long-term projects – not only full of potential but demonstrating impact. The first reflects on lessons learned from over 20 years of collaborative work between the Medical University of South Carolina and the Gullahs, or Sea Islanders of South Carolina and Georgia, USA; the second details an ambitious project by the National Rural Health Mission in India to integrate community-based monitoring into various levels of the public health system.

Methodologically, a number of different approaches and stages are explored: service-learning for teachers of English Language Learners; the application of managerial quantitative research techniques in severely resource-constrained Bolivia; the how and what of participatory action learning and action research (PALAR); and the potential for a needs and readiness assessment to lay the foundations for successful university-community collaboration.

We are also pleased to include a taste of activities occurring in Asia with three articles examining the development and implementation of university-community engagement in two Hong Kong universities: HK Baptist University and Lingnan University. In their research for this special section, our guest editors noted how ‘universities in different parts of Asia have taken very different paths in engaging with their respective communities, with quite a number of universities focussed on projects that seek to directly improve the livelihood of their community. In other regions, such as Hong Kong, universities have come to emphasise knowledge and technology transfer, along with service learning and service leadership, as the means by which they apply their knowledge to address identified problems’. At the same time as these on-the-ground efforts are helping to institutionalise community engagement, 2012 saw the formal creation of a regional alliance known as AsiaEngage, which brings together the strengths of the Asia-Talloires Network of Industry and Community Engaged Universities (ATNEU), the ASEAN University Network Thematic Network on University Social Responsibility and Sustainability (AUN-USR&S) and the ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP). We look forward to seeing the further development and reporting of university-community engagement in Asia.

Table of Contents

Research articles (Refereed)

Levels and networks in community partnerships: A framework informed by our overseas partners PDF
Thomas Klak, Emma Gaalaas Mullaney 1–21
Community-based research decision-making: Experiences and factors affecting participation PDF
Vivien Runnels, Caroline Andrew 22–37
Choice, power and perspective: The neglected question of who initiates engaged campus-community partnerships PDF
Robert W. Glover, Linda Silka 38–56
Building equitable community-academic research collaborations: Learning together through tensions and contradictions PDF
Naomi Nichols, Uzo Anucha, Rebecca Houwer, Matt Wood 57–76
Every teacher is a language teacher: Preparing teacher candidates for English language learners through service-learning PDF
Yanan Fan 77–92
A robust University-NGO partnership: Analysing school efficiencies in Bolivia with community-based management techniques PDF
Joao Neiva de Figueiredo, Ann Marie Jursca Keffer, Miguel Angel Marca Barrientos, Silvana Gonzalez 93–112
Community–University Partnerships: Using Participatory Action Learning and Action Research (PALAR) PDF
Judith Kearney, Lesley Wood, Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt 113–30
Needs and readiness assessments: Tools for promoting community-university engagement with Aboriginal communities PDF
Fay Fletcher, Alicia Hibbert, Fiona Robertson, Jodie Asselin 131–49

Practice-based articles (Non-refereed)

Successes, challenges and lessons learned: Community-engaged research with South Carolina's Gullah population PDF
Ida J. Spruill, Renata Serricchio Leite, Jyotika K. Fernandes, Diane L. Kamen, Marvella E. Ford, Carolyn Jenkins, Kelly J. Hunt, Jeannette O. Andrews 150–69
Community monitoring: A strategy to watch out for PDF
Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava, Prateek Saurabh Shrivastava, Jegadeesh Ramasamy 170–77

Knowledge Transfer in Asia

A Hong Kong University first: Establishing service-learning as an academic credit-bearing subject PDF
Carol Ma, Alfred Chan 178–98
All my friends are here: Four initial case studies on student design agencies PDF
Peter Benz 199–217
In Light of Visual Arts – A knowledge transfer partnership project as experiential learning PDF
Ming-hoi Lai 218–27


Community-university research partnerships by P Hall and I MacPherson (eds) PDF
Marilyn Krogh 228–30
Higher education and civic engagement by L McIlrath, A Lyons & R Munck PDF
Pauline O'Loughlin 231–32
Transforming cities and minds through the scholarship of engagement by L Hoyt PDF
Heather MacDonald 233–35