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ERIC Number: EJ758763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0010-8146
Local Practice, Local Orientation: Grassroots Programme Planning
Egan, John P.
Convergence, v38 n1 p41-49 2005
While teaching an introductory undergraduate programme planning course, one of the author's students took exception to the overall discussion about how programme objectives are determined. In particular, the student was critical of some of the presumptions about where, how, and by whom objectives were set. Her experiences as a grassroots activist were not only absent from the literature being discussed: the criteria espoused to legitimate what is entailed in a 'genuine' planning process rendered her work inconsequential, which it was not. His student describes her experience as a grassroots activist and as a programme planner, in social justice work. Here, grassroots activism as programme planning is discussed. He also describes a grassroots model as a programme planning model based on an a posteriori understanding of what grassroots programme planners do. It puts equal value on the instrumental, contextual and ethical dimensions of grassroots programme planning. Five components of the grassroots model are included: (1) coalescence; (2) strategising; (3) action for change (internal or external); (4) lessons learned; and (5) continuation or cessation. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A