Journeying with Communities: Theoretical Reflections from the Community Integration as Complex and Integrative Strategy for Teaching, Research and Community Development

Abstract

Teaching and serving in a university setting is very challenging and yet very substantial. The role of the faculty members is to respond to the challenge of being agents of social transformation within and outside the university. To be able to respond from this call, faculty members must be committed and equipped with integrated knowledge, skills and values for teaching and learning, research and service with the communities. The author’s experiences for almost seventeen (17) years of serving the University of Santo Tomas through teaching, research and, service with the communities has proven that these were complex and yet integrative for the full processes of learning and serving. In fact, these processes really enriched the author’s experiences and wisdom for the integrative formation of students in terms of knowledge generation and management and service with the communities. Also, communities who are considered partners for community development and empowerment strongly benefits in the different processes. All stakeholders, in fact, have gained so much from all the processes of teaching, research and service. This paper generally described and reflected the processes and learning gained from the experiences of community integration as integrative method of teaching, research and service for community development with all the stakeholders involved: • The author as faculty, researcher and university community development facilitator; • The immediate and substantial university departments/offices where the author is directly connected; • The students as learners, researchers and servers for community development and empowerment and; • The partner communities as substantial stakeholders



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Froilan Alipao, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

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Conference: ACEID2019
Stream: Nurturing Creativity & Innovation: New

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