It is our intent that this book will be adopted for undergraduate and graduate level courses, and practitioner work in community psychology, and allied disciplines (e.g. community development or community health), as a part of requirement readings. You may use this book as it is, or create adaptations or supplementary materials as needed. An important benefit of Case Studies in Community Practice: A Global Lens is that instructors can match the case stories to chapters in other existing textbooks such as Introduction to Community Psychology: Becoming an Agent of Change to create customized reading materials for your course(s).
This is our first book in what we hope will be a series of case studies that offer theory, historical context, voices of real people in real situations and offer options for change that demonstrate social and racial justice. Our focus is on providing an inclusionary space where community psychologists and co-creators within communities are centered and highlighted. We hope the book is question-centered, versus answer-centered. We divided the book into four parts which are not inclusive of all community psychology practice, but we hope are broad umbrellas of the case stories we present in this first book. We urge instructors, students, and other facilitators to use the Reflection and Questions section offered after each chapter, and provide us feedback on the feedback form found at the end of the book. Two of the editors are professors and we will be using this book in our classes. We are hoping that it will of great use to practitioners as well.
Make sure to read the licensing information found in this book and take care to attribute the chapters or book properly when reusing, redistributing, or adapting.
This textbook can be read online, and is also downloadable in multiple formats such as PDF from the home page of the book. The PDF files can be edited with Adobe Acrobat’s Pro, which is the full program that allows you to edit, and is not limited to reading only. Students and instructors may add new sections to an adapted book such as quizzes or new discussion questions. Please see the Rebus Community’s Guide to Making Open Textbooks with Students for more information and creative ideas.