Wallace, David (2008) Community education, a mirror and a shield. The Edinburgh Papers. pp. 4-8.Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
The principles underpinning community education offer both a mirror on society and a shield against appropriation and co-option. However, for some time there have been concerns about the loss of community education and its influences in Scottish discourse, policy and in practice. These concerns have been serially discussed with likeminded friends and colleagues in the field, with partners in research activity and with academic colleagues representing a fair cross section from the community education firmament. In these discussions a loss of principle is argued, there are observations that critical practices are being marginalised or eradicated and there is recognition of a growing co-option and corruption of practices to meet neoliberal ends over associational, democratic and empowering community education. Across domains of youth work, adult learning and community development ‘technologies’ (Martin, 1988) of policy, audit, inspection and challenge-funding are seen as instrumental in precipitating this deleterious trend. The mirror and the shield appear to be failing!
|Keywords:||community education, society, education, adult learning, Theory and practice of education|
|Subjects:||Education > Theory and practice of education|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Community Education|
|Depositing user:||Pure Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||06 Sep 2011 10:44|
|Last modified:||29 Apr 2016 01:57|