Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Fourth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Action Learning in the neighbourhood of Benicalap (Valencia): an innovative teaching and learning experience in an International Development Master
Victoria Pellicer-Sifres, Alejandra Boni, Monique Leivas Vargas, Vania Wassel Antich

Last modified: 10-05-2018


This article aims to analyze an innovative teaching and learning experience carried out by  the “Development Cooperation Master’s Degree” taught at the Politechnical University of València (UPV), Spain. During two weeks, the students of the Master carried out an Action Learning process in the neighborhood of Benicalap (Valencia), with the aim to explore how the housing conditions in the neighborhood influence on the youth’s learning and aspirations. The process was developed with the participation of three local organization. As outputs of this research, some proposals for improving the neighbourhood were presented to several actors from Benicalap. University exercised then a part of its social responsibility, moving lessons from the classroom to the street. In turn, UPV students acquired social and technical skills for their personal and professional development.

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