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ERIC Number: EJ1001452
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
"Anyone Can Teach, Everyone Can Learn"
Stanistreet, Paul
Adults Learning, v23 n3 p20-26 Spr 2012
The eviction of the Occupy London protesters from their tents outside St. Paul's Cathedral marks the end of one of the most interesting experiments in popular education in recent times. For the past few months a string of leading writers, activists, journalists and academics have held workshops, led discussions and given lectures beneath the draughty canvas of the Tent City University. The facilities may have been basic--not much more than a sound system with a few tatty sofa cushions dotted around--but there was no shortage of speakers keen to swap the relative comfort of the lecture theatre for this sparse and lively space in which teaching was thought of more as a collaboration than a process of transmission. They won a varied, informed and, often, challenging audience of activists, shoppers, students and tourists, as well as a cross-section of Londoners, many with no background of higher learning. It is one example--albeit the most striking and high-profile--of a wider movement keen both to capture what campaigners see as the spirit of the public university--as places, first and foremost, in which people are free to think, to debate and to shape the future--and to resist the marketisation of higher education, a critical issue for many Occupy protesters, brought to a head by cuts to the teaching grant and the trebling of tuition fees. The author believes that the Tent City University has been one of the most remarkable experiments of the Occupy London protest, but it is just one of a number of radical alternatives which are emerging to challenge current educational convention.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)