Developing Meaningful Community Welfare Cultures

Can Communities of Practice Exist within Models of Paucity Management?

Susan Mlcek, Regine Wagner, M Childs

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Abstract

The motive behind any community education and training ought to be understood in terms of a desire to support and foster local culture through the absorption of ideas, knowledge and skills, and not in terms of an imposition process. 'Education through cultural diversity, rather than education for cultural diversity' (Veeraraghavan, 2002), expresses the positives of the above sentiment but, while embracing a concept of community whereby shared vision, openness and broad-mindedness are some legitimate building blocks to inclusive citizenship, sits at odds with government microeconomic reform that has the potential to be confining, constraining and exclusive. Training and education, through 'low-key' activities such as narrative-sharing workshops, have in some cases explored the development of strategies that will help staff become better equipped to deal with situations of resource poverty in the rural community welfare sector; to reengage with a whole-of-community approach to building capacity and citizenship. This paper explores the ideas so far investigated during current research, that the concepts of community and citizenship are developed through passionate leadership that is balanced with knowledge of organisation structural constraints, notions of capability, and the democratisation processes used to build communities through the implementation of innovative and creative models of engagement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnriching learning cultures
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 11th annual international conference on post-compulsory education and training
EditorsDick Roebuck
Place of PublicationBrisbane
PublisherAustralian Academic Press
Pages182-187
Number of pages6
Volume2
ISBN (Electronic)1875378510
Publication statusPublished - 2003
EventInternational Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training - Crowne Plaza, Surfers Paradise, QLD, Australia
Duration: 01 Dec 200303 Dec 2003

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ConferenceInternational Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training
CountryAustralia
Period01/12/0303/12/03

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Mlcek, S., Wagner, R., & Childs, M. (2003). Developing Meaningful Community Welfare Cultures: Can Communities of Practice Exist within Models of Paucity Management? In D. Roebuck (Ed.), Enriching learning cultures: proceedings of the 11th annual international conference on post-compulsory education and training (Vol. 2, pp. 182-187). Brisbane: Australian Academic Press.
Mlcek, Susan ; Wagner, Regine ; Childs, M. / Developing Meaningful Community Welfare Cultures : Can Communities of Practice Exist within Models of Paucity Management?. Enriching learning cultures: proceedings of the 11th annual international conference on post-compulsory education and training. editor / Dick Roebuck. Vol. 2 Brisbane : Australian Academic Press, 2003. pp. 182-187
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Mlcek, S, Wagner, R & Childs, M 2003, Developing Meaningful Community Welfare Cultures: Can Communities of Practice Exist within Models of Paucity Management? in D Roebuck (ed.), Enriching learning cultures: proceedings of the 11th annual international conference on post-compulsory education and training. vol. 2, Australian Academic Press, Brisbane, pp. 182-187, International Conference on Post-compulsory Education and Training, Australia, 01/12/03.

Developing Meaningful Community Welfare Cultures : Can Communities of Practice Exist within Models of Paucity Management? / Mlcek, Susan; Wagner, Regine; Childs, M.

Enriching learning cultures: proceedings of the 11th annual international conference on post-compulsory education and training. ed. / Dick Roebuck. Vol. 2 Brisbane : Australian Academic Press, 2003. p. 182-187.

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