Constructing Sense of Community through Community Inquiry and the Implementation of a Negotiated Syllabus

Keywords: Sentido de la comunidad, Proyectos basados en la comunidad, , plan de estudios negociado, análisis de las necesidades, pedagogía crítica


The following paper describes the outcomes and insights of the first stage of an action research study aimed to explore ways in which CBP and NC strengthen sense of community and provoke actions to benefit that community is a public school located in a rural area. This work emerged from a needs analysis study in which students gave their opinions about the importance of English as a second language. Implementing CBP and Negotiated Syllabus as means to involve and foster students to be aware of their responsibility for the preservation of the school facilities, as well as educating the surrounding community, demonstrated the development of sense of community in the students. Throughout the use of questionnaires, surveys and journals, the outcomes revealed that students felt more motivated when they are taken into account in making curricular decisions. In addition, this study showed that a commitment from the entire academic community is possible when some academic and personal goals are established collaboratively and efforts are made to generate important changes.

Keywords: Sense of Community, Community Based Project, negotiated syllabus, needs analysis, critical pedagogy.


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Author Biographies

Paola Andrea Gómez, Universidad del Tolima, Colombia

has a B.A. in Biology, studied ESL in Chicago, USA. She has worked as bilingual teacher at private biligual schools in Colombia. She is currently finishing her Masters in English Didactics, and she is doing research about Community Based Pedagogy and Autonomous learning.

Julio Andrés Cortés-Jaramillo, Universidad del Tolima, Colombia

Julio Cortés Jaramillo has a B.A. in Foreign Languages and International Business from Universidad del Tolima. Julio Andrés, a student from Masters' in English Didactics, has been a teacher in the public sector for four years. Currently, he is a teacher at the educational institution Santo Domingo Savio in Planadas, Tolima. His academic interests include community based projects, language policies and teaching young children.


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How to Cite
Gómez, P. A., & Cortés-Jaramillo, J. A. (2019). Constructing Sense of Community through Community Inquiry and the Implementation of a Negotiated Syllabus. GiST Education and Learning Research Journal, 18, 68-85.