ACTIVE LEARNING FOR ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP

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					ACTIVE LEARNING FOR
 ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP
    Emerging Findings
          ALAC in Summary
• ‘Hubs’ in West Midlands, South Yorkshire,
  South West, Manchester, Lincoln, London
  and the North East, building local
  partnerships to deliver ALAC to
  individuals, activists, groups and
  communities including:
• Women / BME women, people with
  disabilities, carers, migrant workers, asylum
  seekers, white working class communities
     Differing definitions and
   approaches to citizenship as:
• personal responsibilities and rights
• participatory citizenship - civic engagement
• AND citizenship for social justice -
  citizenship as political literacy,
  strengthening civil society, promoting social
  solidarity
• ‘working both sides of the equation’locally,
  nationally, internationally/ locally/globally
 Differing participatory methods
and approaches with experiential
       learning, including:
• courses offering accreditation and
  progression
• tailored programmes of study
• one-off workshops and seminars
• mentoring and co-tutoring
  Identifying and reaching target
             audiences
• building upon networks and relationships of
  trust
• outreach on an on-going basis
• negotiating the learning AND negotiating
  ways of addressing key barriers including
  the need for childcare, accesible venues,
  transport costs and flexible hours (taking
  account of shift working)
    Curricula framework rather than
           Core Curriculum?
•   participatory, negotiated learning AND
•   experiential learning from active citizenship
•   delivered in a variety of methods
•    to a wide variety of learners at
•   varying levels
      Learning frameworks for
    accreditation and progression
              including
•   accredited community leadership courses
•   Access to further and higher education
•   OCN
•   RARPA
          Looking forwards

• Ensuring SPACE (Safe Political Active
  Community Education Spaces)
• developing the links between the local and
  the global
• Sustainability? Whose responsibility?
     Challenges for Evaluation
• evaluating the impact on individuals and
  their families
• evaluating the impact on service delivery
  and decision-making processes -
  strengthening effective civic engagement
• evaluating the impact within and between
  organisations and groups - strengthening
  civil society, justice orientated citizenship?