Recently, Sue requested help/info in the area of building learning
communities and community education. For any others interested, a "must"
resource is the book Local Education (1994, M. Smith). I recently
reviewed this for the Int'l Journal of Lifelong Learning. It's a "quick
read" providing a practical and helpful look at community learning and the
development of educative environments (a la Dewey).
To me, it was one of those books "with soul," based on research with local
educators primarily in London. Readers will see many similarities (though
presented in some different language) with the philosophies of learning
organizations. Lots of insight on collaborative approaches to learning
and personal/community development, critical reflection, meeting the
challenges of unique local issues (e.g. high poverty, illiteracy, or just
plain old constraining mental models), what it means to facilitate change,
etc. Will challenge many people's assumptions concerning learning,
knowledge, and growth!
Terri Deems firstname.lastname@example.org
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