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ERIC Number: EJ828545
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1359-6748
Life History Methodologies: An Investigation into Work-Based Learning Experiences of Community Education Workers
Issler, Sally; Nixon, David
Research in Post-Compulsory Education, v12 n3 p391-407 Oct 2007
This article focuses on an investigation into the learning journeys undertaken by managers of a community education project in an area of urban deprivation. A constructivist interpretation of life history narrative revealed the positive effects of community workers' heavy dependence on experiential work-based learning, which resulted in the development of a collaborative learning style rooted in local culture. This strategy has been successful in the socialisation of isolated individuals and in attracting marginalised learners, who traditionally reject further education provision, into education. In addition, workers have been able to exploit opportunities provided by urban regeneration programmes to negotiate with policy makers to expand this type of educational support. The limitations of life history methodologies are implied by the use of additional research methods to reveal difficulties in raising the calibre of home-grown volunteers, which challenges Freire's traditionally accepted inclusive education strategies. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom