ERIC Number: ED457363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
Learning Circles: Democratic Pools of Knowledge.
ARIS Resources Bulletin, v12 n3 p1-4 Sep 2001
One of the most successful examples of lifelong learning is the "study circles" program in Sweden, which attracts an estimated 50 percent of the population during their lifetimes. In vogue for more than 100 years, the study circle concept is firmly entrenched in Sweden and serves as a means of adult education. Study circles are encouraged by government support as a means of promoting democracy in the country through talking together about issues. Study circles utilize the experiences of ordinary people as a starting point for exploring socially relevant concepts. Each circle consists of 5-10 people plus a trained facilitator (not teacher). Circles usually work through a study guide during at least 7 sessions of about 20 hours each. Study circles promote literacy education, since talking is recognized as a component of literacy. Australia could benefit from the use of study circles in adult education, and efforts are being made to promote their use. Guides and packets for study circles are being developed in Australia and study circles are being encouraged as a vehicle for adult literacy education. Of particular interest is the International Study Circles Project (http://www.tsl.fi/ifwea/isc/). (Contains 13 references.) (KC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Classroom Techniques, Community Programs, Cooperative Learning, Educational Attitudes, Educational Needs, Educational Philosophy, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Informal Education, Lifelong Learning, Literacy Education, Postsecondary Education, Small Group Instruction, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Language Australia, Melbourne (Victoria). Adult Education Resource and Information Service.
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Sweden; United States