Assets based community participation and place making

Kate Miller, Ronald McIntyre, Gary McKenna

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This paper discusses how processes of community development and community education tend to be dominated by a deficit discourse that is influenced by neoliberal political and economic forces. It provides an example of how a community outreach programme can turn the tide on these processes by implementing assets based approaches to place making and working with young people. Assets based approaches value the resources that exist in the community and build on the strengths and affordances of communities. We identify that there are a parallels between deficit models of community development and deficit or ‘banking models’ of education. We argue that a strong assets based approach that emphasises and values the experience of community members is an effective way to empower communities to make positive change.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2018


  • assets based approaches; community empowerment; critical pedagogy; education; place making
  • community empowerment
  • critical pedagogy
  • education
  • place making


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