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ERIC Number: EJ860561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8040
Connecting Family Learning and Active Citizenship
Flanagan, Mary
Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, p92-98 2009
In Ireland family learning and active citizenship has not been linked together until 2006. It was while the Clare Family Learning Project was involved in a family learning EU learning network project, that a suggestion to create a new partnership project linking both areas was made and FACE IT! was born (Families and Active Citizenship Education--an Integrated Training, FACE IT! was a two year European Project, funded through the Socrates programme from October 2006 to September 2008. In response to recent political developments in Romania the host partner, EuroEd, initiated the project to provide education for democracy. The experience of making decisions locally was new to a generation of people. The family leads and guides children and targeting parents was felt the best option to create awareness and develop skills for active citizenship. Family learning has been successful in widening participation particularly among families experiencing the disadvantages of educational underachievement, low self-esteem, and poor life chances. It has the capacity to improve learning for adults and their children through building confidence. By using family learning to deliver active citizenship, families are empowered to get more involved in the life of their local community as well as to recognise their own important role in the development of their locality. In this article, the author explores the connections of family learning with active citizenship. The author describes the FACE IT! project and how it was developed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland