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'Town and gown' in the bush: Contemporary regional universities and transforming communities

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Edited by Jenny Simpson, Geoff Danaher and Patrick Alan Danaher

Published: Jul 2006
ISBN: 978-1-921729-79-9
Pages: 63 (PDF version)

Overview

Regional campuses have faced ongoing challenges in recruiting and retaining students and academics, building a competitive research profile and finding a secure niche within the Australian higher education field and within their diverse and geographically dispersed communities.

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning is entitled 'Town and Gown' in the Bush: Contemporary Regional Universities and Transforming Communities' provides a forum for multiple engagements with the relationships (or lack thereof) between contemporary regional universities and their communities, whether in Australia or in other countries.

The authors of the articles in this issue address three key questions currently confronting regional universities and their communities:

  • What are the identities and the missions of contemporary regional universities?
  • How are those identities and missions manifested in the universities' negotiated relationships with their communities, only some of which might also be regional?
  • What are the implications of those relationships for the likely future sustainability and survival of both regional universities and communities?

In seeking to address these questions, the issue is also directed at re-examining the concept of 'transformations' in regional communities in the early 21st century. Transformations, understood as permanent and substantial changes and improvements, are crucial for the ongoing development of individuals and groups.

So it is vital, now more than ever before, to understand the drivers, influences and potential outcomes of and on genuinely meaningful and productive transformations in regional communities. Within that quest for understanding, a process of evaluating the roles and responsibilities of regional universities and communities with regard to themselves and to one another is a worthwhile endeavour.

This collection offers a rich and nuanced understanding of the challenges manifest in the relationships between regional communities and universities on the one hand and models for how these relationships can be mutually enabling on the other.

Table of Contents

Editorial: Town and Gown in the Bush: Contemporary regional universities and transforming communities
- Jenny Simpson, Geoff Danaher, Patrick Alan Danaher

Balancing the 'Town and Gown': The risky business of creating youth theatre in regional Queensland
- Janet McDonald

Think global, act local: Using the internet to facilitate transformative learning in regional universities
- Ann-Marie Priest

Local higher education in a global age
- Maria Madsen, Andrew Wallace

Learning through research: A regional university and its community
- Sue Kilpatrick, Tammy Jones, Margaret Barrett

Australian regional universities and the idea of the University
- Tony Schirato


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