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.

Practice Examples

Practice examples

Case Example 1: Youth Worker


Lorna is a youth worker who organises a young women's group. This is a two-hour weekly meeting of 16- to 18-year-old girls who are all still at school. To date the group have been undertaking traditional youth work activity such as group-building games, guest speakers, and social trips to McDonalds, ten-pin bowling, and so on. Previously they have received ‘off-the-shelf’ informal education packages from the youth work team. Usually these packages run for six sessions and have included first aid and healthy eating.

The group are becoming dissatisfied with these activities as they feel they are too mature for what they perceive to be children's activities. Lorna wants to engage the group in more important work.

Popular Education Response

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