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.

Using Codes: Critical Reflection for Practice

Using codes: Critical reflection for practice

Chapter Objectives

This chapter presents a range of contexts within which codes can be usefully employed. A code here is defined as a concrete representation of people's lived experience which is used in the context of dialogue in order to engage people in critical reflection and action in order to effect social change. They are not just the use of visual aids to get a discussion going. They are the product of identifying a generative theme and carefully devising an image, a song, a play, a piece of text or other experience which will allow the group to fully explore and act on that theme.

Listening Surveys and Codes

As previously discussed, this is a method ...

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