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Introduction to Community Development

Introduction to Community Development
Theory, Practice, and Service-Learning

March 2010 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Historical context, theoretical grounding, critical issues perspective, and the "how-to" for community development

This collection of work by leading community development scholars presents students with a theoretical and practical introduction to the field. The text progresses seamlessly from a theoretical overview to a historical overview to three approaches to community development (ecological, interactional, and structural-functional), then explores the practice of community development along with technical assistance, action research, evaluation research, and the role of local organizations, local leadership, and coalitions. The book concludes with critical issues, such as rural development, inner-city development, youth in community development, health care, public schools, and sustainable development.

Key features include:

  • New community development intervention models, using examples from recent events to demonstrate the strengths and challenges of such models
  • Community service-learning activities, providing useful examples and case studies of successful service-learning programs in communities
  • A hierarchy of learning activities and exercises within each chapter, ensuring that students learn how to apply concepts to real-world issues
  • Relevant cases of successful community development interventions, giving students examples of 'best practices'
  • Major trends, challenges, and prospects for the future in community development, helping students identify key issues and opportunities

Accompanied by effective teaching and learning ancillaries at

  • Instructor Teaching Site: Password-protected resources contain learning modules, developed by the authors, which include exercises and activities which reinforce chapter content, and demonstrate application of concepts in real-life communities.
  • Student Study Site: Open-access study materials include chapter self-quizzes to aid content learning.
This comprehensive, introductory survey text is designed for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in Community Development, Urban Studies, Rural Development, and Introduction to Service Learning found in departments of sociology, public administration, management, and social work.

Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. and Gary Paul Green
Chapter 1. Developing Communities
Lorraine E. Garkovich
Chapter 2. An Historical View of Community Development
Alan W. Barton and Theresa Selfa
Chapter 3. Community Development and Natural Landscapes
Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. and Frank Fear
Chapter 4. The Technical Assistance Approach
Gary Paul Green
Chapter 5. The Self-Help Approach to Community Development
J.C. Bridger, M. A. Brennan and A.E. Luloff
Chapter 6. The Interactional Approach to Community
Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. and L. Steven Smutko
Chapter 7. The Role of Conflict in Community Develoment
John J. Green and Anna M. Kleiner
Chapter 8. Action Research and Evaluation in Community Develoment
Josh Stovall, Jerry W. Robinson, Jr., Albert Nylander and Ralph B. Brown
Chapter 9. The Role of Leadership Behaviors and Structures in Community Development
Janet S.Ayers and Anne Heinze Silvis
Chapter 10. Principles of Working Together: Developing Relationships That Support Community Development Initiatives
Lionel J. Beaulieu and Glenn D. Israel
Chapter 11. Communities in Rural America: Current Realities and Emerging Strategies
Jeffrey S. Lowe and William M. Harris, Sr.
Chapter 12. Community Development Challenges of Inner-City Neighborhoods
Wendy Wheeler and Ana Maria Thomas
Chapter 13. Engaging Youth in Community Development
Lois Wright Morton and Nina Glasgow
Chapter 14. Health: A New Community Development Challenge
Kai A. Schafft and Hobart L. Harmon
Chapter 15. Schools and Community Development
Jerry Hembd and Jane Silberstein
Chapter 16. Sustainable Communities: Sustainability and Community Development
Paulette Meikle and Gary Paul Green
Chapter 17. Globalization and Community Development: Synergy or Disintegration
Gary Paul Green and Jerry W. Robinson, Jr.
Chapter 18. Emerging Issues in Community Development

This book provides interactional material and good sound underpinning definitions of community development in diverse & varied contexts. I t is USA focused and has many examples of theory to practice within USA cultural context, this can be a little disconcerting at first, but nonetheless puts meat to the bones of practice based work. Good layout.

Dr Isobel Hawthorne-Steele
Dept of Sociology & Appl'd Soc Studies, Ulster University
June 28, 2012

The book is relevant to the course i am teaching. the students will benefit from it. thanks.

October 26, 2011

Will use as a supplemental text for macro social work course

Dr Emma Lucas-Darby
School For Social Change, Carlow University
April 13, 2011

American. Although this book contains some interesting ideas and examples, it has been written for the United States, and as such uses terms such as 'federal' and some parts refer to legislation that does not apply in the UK.

Ms Kirsten Stevens-Wood
Psychology , Ystrad Mynach College
March 30, 2011

It helped put applied organizational communication into a social context

Dr Dennis Leoutsakas
[DEPARTMENT NOT SPECIFIED], Salisbury University
February 4, 2011

Comprehensive theoretical and practical introduction to the field of community development

Mrs Susanne Hilland
Wirtschaft 2, Heilbronn University
October 8, 2010

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