Active Citizenship and Community Learning by Carol Packham

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By Carol Packham

This booklet explores the function of the employee in facilitating participation, studying and lively engagement inside of communities.

Focusing on fresh projects to bolster citizen and group engagement, it offers suggestions, frameworks and actions to assist in paintings with group participants, both as varieties of volunteers or as a part of self-help teams. environment group paintings as an instructional approach, the booklet additionally highlights dilemmas bobbing up from attainable interventions and offers ideas for reflective, powerful practice.

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London: Sage. R EF E R E NCE S Davies, B (1999) A history of the youth service in England. Leicester: Youth Work Press. Department of Communities and Local Government (DLCG) (2007) Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act. London: DLCG. Department of Communities and Local Government (DLGC) (2008) The community power pack (consultation on the Empowerment White Paper). London: DLCG. Department for Education and Skills, (2005) Youth matters, Green Paper, consultation document. London: HMSO, DFES.

Contributed towards greater equality? Conclusion This chapter has identified the key characteristics of the informal education approach. These are essential elements to complement and counter current government social policy initiatives such as the ALAC pilot. The role of the informal educator in creating space for self determined and inclusive work with groups will enable the continued development of vibrant, active and challenging citizens and communities. As Jeffs and Smith state in relation to the role of informal education in fostering democracy, ‘these matters are not marginal to our task as educators – they are central.

However, his methods for engendering engagement within society were primarily focused on the development of civic duty. His draft citizenship curriculum reflected this. The tensions apparent through the ALAC programme have been that the government seems to take a primarily civic approach to citizenship. It has a focus on individual/human capital through the training of community leaders, although it does not see these as volunteers, and although working through the community and voluntary sector, it fails to recognize the need to increase the capacity of these groups as opposed to individuals.

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