Sean J. Creighton, PhD, is a 2006 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Dr. Sean Creighton [ See Comments below]
- Jon Wergin, Ph.D. Committee Chair
- Richard Couto, Ph.D. Committee Member
- Katherine Cauley, Ph.D. Committee Member
- Rick Battistoni, Ph.D. External Reader
service learning, community involvement, civic engagement, partnership, higher education, action research
The central purpose of this research study was to develop common indicators of engagement for civic initiatives between institutions of higher education and their community organization partners. The unique aspect of this study was that the indicators were generated by the community organizations participating as stakeholders in campus-community partnerships. Using an action research methodology that involved eleven community organization participants from the health and wellness sector, the study advocated for research that provided a deeper understanding of the perspectives of community organizations. Findings suggested that significant divides existed in core civic areas dealing with service-learning, relevance of academic research, and equitable treatment of community partners. The study produced a formal set of community partner indicators of engagement that were developed by the participants in the study and disseminated to higher education leaders. The indicators illustrated the expectations of community partners that engaged in civic partnerships with higher education. Additionally, the study provided an analysis of the literature on civic engagement, identifying a lack of empirical research concerned with the perspectives of community organization partners. The electronic version of the dissertation is accessible at the OhioLINK ETD center http://www.ohiolink.edu/etd/.
Creighton, S. J. (2006). Community Partner Indicators of Engagement: An Action Research Study on Campus-Community Partnership. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/179