Why get involved? Engaged pedagogy is a powerful method of teaching, learning, and scholarship.
Faculty choose engagement as a pedagogy because it can enliven course content, present diverse perspectives, bring “theory to life” and demonstrate the application of disciplinary knowledge. We know that well constructed, engaged courses lead to better and more critical learning outcomes for students. The community experience facilitates the development of cognitive skills (problem solving, synthesis, interpretation, analysis), the development of reflective skills (recognizing context as critical to content), and disciplinary goals. Engaged pedagogy also created a space for the university to contribute value in reciprocal relationship with community partners to our community.