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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2004-21, Analytic Quality Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 22 September, 2021 , © Lee Harvey 2004–2021.


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Community-based education

core definition

Community-based education (CBE) is learning that takes place in a setting external to the higher education institution.

explanatory context

Community-based education is similar to work-based education. In the US. though, it has broader implications and involves the community as part of the education developmental process.

analytical review

Wojtczak (2002) defines community-based education in the context of medical education as follows:

Community-Based Education (CBE), Community-Based Learning (CBL), or Community-Based Teaching (CBT): A form of instruction where trainees learn professional competencies in a community setting focusing on population groups and also individuals and their everyday problems. The amount of time students spend in the community and organizational settings may vary. Instruction may take place at a general practice, family planning clinic, community health center or a rural hospital. During their training in the community, students learn about social and economic aspects of illness, about health services in the community and methods of health promotion, about working in teams, and about frequency and types of problems encountered outside a hospital setting.


Community-based education, in the US is explained as follows:

Community-based education is not a new idea. It has been more commonly applied with community economic development, housing, youth, and health issues than with
environmental concerns, however. Community-based education means more than “education based in the community.” It implies an education plan created as a result of
community involvement and designed to match community interests. While numerous environmental education activities have come from this approach, the principles involved are not broadly understood either by trained environmental educators or by natural resource professionals. Federal and state agency environmental management goals cannot be accomplished until education and natural resource professionals can work confidently and competently in collaboration with community members and with professionals from other agencies. The term community-based environmental education is used to draw attention to several needs: to ensure that environmental education has an obvious connection to the community; to emphasize the link between local activities and a quality environment; to ensure that environmental education is relevant to
people's lives. (United States Environmental Protection Agency, 1998, p. 1)

associated issues

related areas

See also

work-based learning 


United States Environmental Protection Agency, 1998, An EPA/USDA Partnership to Support Community-Based Education: Discussion Paper. Office of External Affairs August 1998 available at, accessed 20 September 2012, not available at this address 31 December 2016.

Wojtczak, A., 2002, Glossary of Medical Education Terms,, December, 2000, Revised February 2002, accessed 2 September 2012, page not available 30 December 2016.

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