Drawing on the legacy of Paulo Freire and the insights of Antonio Gramsci, this book provides new ways of working with communities which put people at the heart of the development agenda. In addition, it offers a strong theoretical basis for action and an insight into the practical application of popular education methods and is based upon strong traditions of practice experience from both the developing and developed worlds. The book is structured so that the theory and practice are integrated. Each chapter provides key discussion points, practice examples, learning activities and a summary of content and learning points.

Why We Need Popular Education: A Critical Review of Current Practice

Why we need popular education: A critical review of current practice

Chapter Objectives

Youth and community development work has evolved over the decades. The way workers practice today is vastly different than from 50, or even 15 years ago. The development of practice is partly a response to what government and agencies believe works, and responses to changes in social conditions. However, it is also a reflection of the ideological position of governments and institutions which determine the policy and resources for practice; this has taken us to a place where current practice is largely ineffective. This chapter argues that there are fundamental flaws in current practice; hence the need for new approaches to which ...

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