Constructing Community Educational Psychology in Higher Education Institutions

By Jace Pillay.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper constructs the notion of community educational psychology (CEP)by drawing on the main tenets of community and educational psychology. It is suggested that CEP is all about improving psychosocial well being through education. This is done through the facilitation of knowledge, skills and values that empower people to actively take responsibility for improving their life circumstances thus enhancing their psychological well-being. It is argued that in constructing CEP in Higher Education Institutions it is imperative for a transformation of teaching, learning and research. Furthermore, it is argued that universities need to be engaged with local communities if they are to be of any relevance to society, especially in terms of social injustices and inequalities. As such, several challenges with regard to teaching, learning, research and community engagement are discussed in the construction of CEP in higher education institutions.

Keywords: Community Psychology, Educational Psychology, Community Educational Psychology, Teaching, Learning and Research, Praxis

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp.245-254. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 601.472KB).

Prof. Jace Pillay

Vice-Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

Currently the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg. I am a Professor in Educational Psychology. I teach community psychology and engage in several research projects, such as HIV/AIDS and child-headed families, community educational psychology, anti-bias issues and the ecology of practice of life orientation teachers and school counsellors. I have great interest in matters related to human values, democracy, peace, education and psychology.

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