ERIC Number: EJ1171234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Practitioner Perspectives on Learning for Social Change through Non-Formal Global Citizenship Education
Brown, Eleanor J.
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v13 n1 p81-97 Mar 2018
This article engages with debates about transformative learning and social change, exploring practitioner perspectives on non-formal education activities run by non-governmental organisations. The research looked at how global citizenship education practitioners met their organisation's goals of change for social justice through educational activities. This education is sometimes criticised for promoting small individual changes in behaviour, which do not ultimately lead to the social justice to which it pertains to aim. Findings suggest that this non-formal education aims to provide information from different perspectives and generate critical reflection, often resulting in shifts in attitudes and behaviour. While the focus is often on small actions, non-formal spaces opened up by such education allow for networks to develop, which are key for more collective action and making links to social movements. Although this was rarely the focus of these organisations, it was these steps, often resulting from reflection as a group on personal actions, which carried potentially for social change.
Descriptors: Social Change, Citizenship Education, Global Education, Nonformal Education, Transformative Learning, Nongovernmental Organizations, Learning Activities, Social Networks, Learning Theories, Semi Structured Interviews, Participant Observation, Focus Groups, Attitude Change, Life Style, Community Change, Adult Education, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Opportunities, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain); Spain