Learning for Community Development: Exploring the Value of Informal Learning for Empowerment
The paper will define and discuss the underpinning theories espoused by Freire, hooks, Mclaren, Gramsci and other leading educational thinkers. It will focus upon working examples of Community Development Learning in practice, particularly in Manchester England and also in Soweto, South Africa. It will emphasise the value of Community Development Learning as the mainstay of Community Development Work and a means of empowerment in the Majority World and in Western capitalist communities.
Keywords: Empowerment, Community Development, Community Learning, Informal Education, Learning for Liberation
Senior Lecturer, School of Community, Health Sciences and Social Care, University of Salford
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