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The question of why we should promote engaged learning is often answered with reference to the broader civic mission of the public university. Without doubt, normative imperatives to enhance the world in which we are living should and do underlie the drive toward engaged learning. We might, however, also want to recognise a reason to promote engaged learning that emerges from a less disinterested perspective, one that locates it at the heart of the research mission of the university. In other words, it is possible to understand engaged learning as a process that both mirrors and contributes to many of the methods by which academics are conducting research today. Engaged learning, from this perspective, is neither ‘service’ nor simply pedagogic innovation, but is a mode of teaching and learning that distinctively models and reflects contemporary research practices and, as such, it is an approach that is particularly important for research intensive universities.
|Title of host publication||Learning Through Community Engagement|
|Subtitle of host publication||Vision and Practice in Higher Education|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|
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