The “Pedagogy” of community service; A year-end reflection


Pedagogy refers more broadly to the theory and practice of education, and how this influences the growth of learners. Pedagogy, taken as an academic discipline, is the study of how knowledge and skills are exchanged in an educational context, and it considers the interactions that take place during learning.

Community relation pedagogies, on the other hand is often called as “service learning”, you are rendering your service while learning, or learning to serve better the community. I believe this is our case at Coral Bay Nickel Corporation; combination of learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both the employees’ growth and the common good.

When I say “pedagogy’, I did not confine myself to its academic definition “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities”.

Typically, community engagement is incorporated into a course or series of courses by way of a project that has both learning and community action goals.

This project is designed via collaboration between the company and community partners, such as non-government organizations or government agencies.

When we implement projects under our Social Development and Management Program and/or Corporate Social Responsibility, we make sure that it does not only help our target beneficiaries as well. We see to it that our employees are gaining greater sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, spiritual growth and moral development, greater interpersonal development, particularly the ability to work well with others, and build leadership and communication skills.

On social aspects, there is reduced stereotypes and greater inter-cultural understanding between the employees and the people in the communities.

In terms of career, they also establish better connections with professionals and community members for learning and career opportunities, greater academic learning, leadership skills, and personal efficacy that can lead to greater opportunity (if ever they want to make career shift in the future).

Above all, the most important keyword of my point of thought for this issue is nothing else but relations.

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