Community Organizing: Theory and Practice (Advancing Core Competencies)

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Explores how helping professionals effectively work in the community.


Community Organization: Theory and Practice provides readers with the theories, tools and strategies needed to organize effective, participatory change efforts in communities. Readers will learn how these theories inform and can help direct the type of organizing that will work best for a specific community based on its personality, needs, and resources. Community Organization is designed as both a textbook and a reference guide for professionals in the helping field.


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Joyce Sheldon McKnight, D.Ed. is Associate Professor of Community and Human Services at the innovative Empire State College of the State University of New York.  She has over forty years of direct  community organizing experience in urban and rural place-based communities, communities of interest, diasportic communities and online social networks. She has taught community organizing principles and practices to hundreds of adult undergraduate and graduate students from around the world, many of whom have used participatory community organizing to implement exciting community-based projects including projects in Haiti, India, and South Africa. Since 2003, she has had major responsibility for the development and supervision of comprehensive community and human services and public affairs curricula for the burgeoning Center for Distance Learning of SUNY/Empire State College. In 2007 she received the college’s prestigious Altes Award for Community Service and Scholarship and in 2009 received the Phyllis M. Cunningham Award for Social Justice Research from the Adult Education Research Conference. She is a frequent contributor to national and international conferences and has reviewed articles on participatory research and popular education for the Adult Education Quarterly.  Her areas of expertise are participatory community organizing, self-directed learning, distance learning, prior learning assessment, open educational resources for developing nations and on-line community building.

 

Joanna McKnight Plummer is a recent  graduate of the State University of New York in community and human services with additional graduate studies in mental health counseling.   She brings practical experience in community-based organizing in both city and rural settings as well as the student perspective to the tone, content, and readability of this student-focused text.

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