Community-engaged curricula in higher education : the case of a master's programme in play therapy

Bitzer, Elias Matthys ; Wilson, Lizane ; Newmark, R. (2015)

CITATION: Bitzer, E. M., Wilson, L. & Newmark, R. 2015. Community-engaged curricula in higher education : the case of a master's programme in play therapy. South African Journal of Higher Education, 29(4):296–314, doi:10.20853/29-4-511.

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This article presents the results from research on community-engaged curricula using feedback from international and South African academics who teach on postgraduate programmes with a community engagement component. It also includes the findings from a sample master’s programme in Play Therapy at a South African university. The findings indicated that at least five important issues are related to community-engaged master’s programmes in Play Therapy, namely: programme relevance, integrated scholarship, community based research, reciprocal learning, and close academic staff involvement. Based on these findings a curriculum framework is suggested which caters for an integrated scholarship approach in master’s programmes in Play Therapy that closely engage with community needs. Such a framework may relate to similar or other professional master’s programme curricula.

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