Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Faculty of Science

First Advisor

Edward Bennett

Advisor Role

Thesis Committee Member

Second Advisor

James Dudeck

Advisor Role

Thesis Committee Member

Third Advisor

Geoffrey Nelson

Advisor Role

Thesis Committee Member


This study develops an understanding of the process of community development. The first part of the study presents a historical and theoretical consideration of the value of a psychological sense of community and the absence of this in today’s society. This section also introduces the concept of community development and its potential for creating a sense of community within a specific locality.

The research approach is described and is supplemented by an explanation of the role of the researcher as a part of the setting. The researcher’s entry and effort to gain a sense of legitimation in the setting is also discussed. A specific community project was used as the vehicle for this study and community characteristics and project history are illustrated as background for the researcher’s involvement. A model of community development was developed and illustrated through specific activities. The value of a community needs assessment in the community development process is highlighted and illustrated by the researcher’s work in the community.

Finally, this study provides a consideration of the importance of community development, both for its initiators and participants. Based on the research findings and a discussion of their importance, conclusions were made about the value of local community efforts to individual and community health. Insights into community organization practice are presented.

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