Practical Approaches to Integrating Different Ways of Knowing in Community- University Partnerships

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 8:30am to 10:00am
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University; 55 South Harrison Ave, East Lansing, MI 48824


Any successful response to a complex problem will acknowledge the different ways in which stakeholder communities know about the challenge. If such a response is to be inclusive and just, it must integrate these different ways of knowing so that stakeholders recognize how it aligns with their core beliefs and values. University faculty and staff involved in creating community-university partnerships for community-engaged research, teaching, or service frequently find themselves in the challenging position of attempting to foster dialogue and coordinated action across partners’ different ways of knowing, with little guidance on the techniques and tools for bridging different ways of knowing.

This panel will address the challenge of knowledge integration, focusing on how specific tools and approaches (e.g., structured dialogue, participatory modeling, etc.) can be used to coordinate different ways of knowing. Focusing on concrete problems involving different ways of knowing, panelists from the Community Sustainability and Philosophy Departments will discuss specific ways of integrating knowledge to support sustainable responses. Participants will come away from the session with an understanding of practical tools for integrating knowledge across different ways of knowing.

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Sponsored by: Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative, MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity, Department of Community Sustainability Graduate Student Organization