Complete a two page summary write up on the following two readings. Please use your word and examples to demonstrate understanding and ability to apply information. Linkage should be made to a least two course objectives (listed below) when writing the summary.
Readings: (loaded under resources)
1) Chapter Eight in Phillips’s An Introduction to Community
2) Chapter Eleven in Cnaan’s Handbook of Community
Movements and Local Organizations
The objectives for this reading are to know your audience and what type of Leadership
is required. Finding an effective leader or creating one is not easy and requires and effective process to seek the right leadership
skills. Then the leader must do the research to define their community
's need. No efforts can truly succeed and sustain themselves without good information. Where does that information come from, how is it collected and how will it be used? Therefore the one reading deals with getting the right leader; while the second reading is how the leader should collect, interpret and utilize this information. You should gain knowledge of the processes and how to better utilize them from this assignment. The three key objectives for this week are:
Reflecting on the yours and the community
's value systems
Analyze issues from different perspectives
Contributions of different cultures
The big idea for the week is do your homework on the community
From the Phillips reading one can draw the following information;
what does it mean to be a Leader?
in the community
and economic development.
Recognize there are no one size fits all solutions out there. Leadership
varies by circumstance, need, motivation and so forth. Someone who is an excellent leader in one situation may not be in another and visa versa. So when identifying leaders make sure they are well suited to the challenges at hand. Further, they may need to be changed as the community
The next reading deals with sense of community
building. Again, the leadership
needs to well aligned to the community
in question or they will not be able to community
build effectively. One issue that presents is that individuals define themselves in more one community
. There are theory and research models to utilize and follow. The basics include;
focus groups and Interviews
levels of Analysis
Please remember that unlike market research in the for profit world you are tasked with having an expected higher level of accountability. Secondly, you are more often dealing directly with human subjects, as such your research models must be valid and compliant with research standards.
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