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Guide for Community Development classes

Community Development --Introduction and Definition

Community development is "a process where community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions to common problems."  It is a broad concept, applied to the practices of civic leaders, activists, involved citizens, and professionals to improve various aspects of communities, typically aiming to build stronger and more resilient local communities.                                                                              

 Community development is also understood as  professional discipline, and is defined by the International Association for Community Development (, the global network of community development practitioners and scholars, as "a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes participative democracy, sustainable development, rights, economic opportunity, equality and social justice, through the organization, education and empowerment of people within their communities, whether these be of locality, identity or interest, in urban and rural settings".  Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people with the skills they need to effect change within their communities. These skills are often created through the formation of social groups working for a common agenda. Community developers must understand both how to work with individuals and how to affect communities' positions within the context of larger social institutions.  Wikipedia   



Helpful books for Community Development Students

Library Orientation Tutorial

Library research involves the step-by-step process used to gather information in order to write a paper, create a presentation, or complete a project.  As you progress from one step to the next, it is commonly necessary to back up, revise, add additional material or even change your topic completely. This will depend on what you discover during your research.  There are many reasons for adjusting your plan. For example, you may find that your topic is too broad and needs to be narrowed, sufficient information resources may not be available, what you learn may not support your thesis.  This tutorial is designed to assist you in the research process and provide information on how to find resources using the John B. Coleman Library website.   External videos are included for additional information.  Audio is included on the PowerPoint slides indicated. 

Research Instruction for Online Students 

Helpful Journals







Community Development Video-Houston-Village of Palm Center

Community Development Video--Ted Talk with Ann Blanchard

Helpful Library links


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