Introduction to Community Development

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

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© 2011 | 328 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Introduction to Community Development provides students of community and economic development with a theoretical and practical introduction to the field of community development. Bringing together leading scholars in the field of community development, the book follows the curriculum needs in offering a progression from theory to practice, beginning with a theoretical overview, an historical overview, and the various approaches to community development.

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


Student Study Site
An open-access Student Study Site includes self-study quizzes to help students understand the material as they progress through the text. 
Instructor Teaching Site

This password-protected Instructor Teaching Site includes:

Learning modules developed by the authors, fully integrated with each chapter of the book. A hierarchy of on-line learning exercises are are built on principles of progressive learning: 

    1) LARK (Learning and Repeated Knowledge) – Basic Learning

    2) SOAR (Searching Out and Relating Knowledge) – Synthesis of Knowledge

    3) LIFE (Learning in Field Experiences) – Creative Application of Knowledge

Learning modules include exercises and activities which demonstrate application of concepts in real-life communities.

This book provides an essential introduction to community development for undergraduates and postgraduate students.

Dr Dan Allen
Sch Nursing,Midwifery,Soc Wrk & Soc Sc, Salford University
December 11, 2015

I believe I am going to adopt Asset Building and Community Development

Dr Michael Robinson
Baynes School Of Social Work, East Carolina University
October 14, 2013

Not quite at the graduate level really. I think it would be great for an undergrad course, but my grad students need something with more depth and more emphasis on research.

Dr Marilyn Swisher
Family, Youth & Community Sciences, University of Florida
September 6, 2013

The material in this book was excellent and helped the students get a good understanding of the theory and practical aspects of Community Development.

Ms Ana Collins
Business Dept, waterford college of further education
August 15, 2013

Good introductory text, covers all key issues

Miss Caroline Lewis
Swansea School of Education, Swansea Metropolitan University
February 13, 2013

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ISBN: 9781412974622