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Starting your community assessment

By now you have chosen a topic, and completed the reading and assignments related to 1 of these topics below:

  • Early childhood education
  • Literacy and numeracy for adult learners
  • Environmental education
  • Education through the arts
  • Girls' education
  • Conflict mediation
  • Special education
  • Community Teaching and Learning Centers

In order to prepare for the Service Project, complete the Community Assessment, which is a series of assignments in this section.The assessment begins and ends with art. Along the way, the community uses the art they've created to inform action by gathering resources andcreating tangible benefits. The Community Assessment helps to design a Service Project that is fulfilling a specific need on a local, national, orglobal level.


Here are the stages involved in completing your Community Assessment:

  • Create a Metaphorical Map of Your Community: A Community Tree
  • Create a Community Story
  • Reflect upon Metaphorical Map-Making
  • Generate Project Idea 1
  • Generate Project Idea 2
  • Generate Project Idea 3
  • Choose a Project
  • Seek Feedback from your mentor and cohort

Think of this Community Assessment as casting your net into the sea, then gathering it in and looking at what lies within the meshesof your net (work). You'll learn more about your community, and, in doing this assessment, ideas will be sparked for your Service Project.

Assignment 1: creating a metaphorical map of your community

Part One: A Community Tree

Invite a group of 8 people to join you for your community assessment - an accounting of the resources and desires of your community.Let each person know that they will be helping to co-create a project that will both assist your study and benefit the community. The program willbegin and end as a work of art. Along the way, the community will use art to inform action by gathering resources and creating tangible benefits.

In choosing these eight people, please ensure that the group reflects the diversity of the people in your community: (from young toold), occupations, interests, positions, etc. Each participant must be willing to commit to spending 5 hours with the group. You may wish to ask eachparticipant to bring a favorite food to the gathering or you may wish to have food prepared; begin by eating together. Sharing food will help to set thetone. Hospitality and comfort is key.

Once you have eaten and you are ready to begin co-creating the project, here's what you do:

1) Together, construct an outline of a Community Tree using whatever materials you can find locally. The tree might be drawn on paper, or it might be drawn in sand, oron the earth with an outline of twigs and rocks, whatever materials are readily available. You might mix media. For example there might be somedrawing and then other materials would be available to place on top of the drawing. You might even choose to be outside sitting under a tree andplacing objects or drawing things or painting the area as you go. (30 minutes)

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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