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Active Citizenship and Community Learning

Active Citizenship and Community Learning

  • Carol Packham - Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Other Titles in:
Community Learning

September 2008 | 168 pages | Learning Matters
This book explores the role of the worker in facilitating participation, learning and active engagement within communities.

Focusing on recent initiatives to strengthen citizen and community engagement, it provides guidance, frameworks and activities to help in work with community members, either as different types of volunteers or as part of self-help groups. Setting community work as an educational process, the book also highlights dilemmas arising from possible interventions and gives strategies for reflective, effective practice.

The context of active citizenship and community learning
The role of the youth and community worker as informal educator
Civil and civic involvement and 'active citizens'
Volunteers and active citizens
The role of the youth and community worker in relation to volunteers
Enabling participation in communities
Inclusive and representative practice
Community based learning: learning by doing
The effective practitioner
Taking the work forward

"An inspiring and brilliant read and by far the best resource we have on community work today." - General Secretary, Community and Youth Workers Union.

This is an interesting book which is easy to read and flows well. It provides a good overview of the subject matter in an easily readable but informative format

Mrs Kay Plumpton
School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University
July 9, 2020

I have used the book for planning sessions for the past year with students studying a Community Involvement module at level 5. I have requested copies for the university library as an essential text and think that students will find the clear chapter headings easy to navigate and the mix of case studies and activities beneficial.

Mrs Victoria Boulton
Social Work, Northampton University
June 18, 2015

This book is able to give a very good notion about active citizenship as well as community learning, being able to explore those concepts with a clear perspective, which is complemented through the various proposed exercises. The several case studies provided are also extremely useful.

Professor Célia Tavares
GAIE, Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração do Porto
August 24, 2014

This book is an essential reading for students, practitioners and academics, among many others, interested in active participation and engagement with issues of renewed citizenship and community-building and maintaining.

Mr Ilkin Mehrabov
Dept of Media & Communication Studies, Karlstad University
February 12, 2013

An excellent book which is key to those studying youth and community work programmes

Mrs Alana Enoch
Faculty of Education and Training, University of Wales, Trinity St David
October 3, 2012

key concepts defined and evidenced with case studies.
I have used some of the ideas included in the book with a sample student group students who were undertaking a module on 'social economy and citizenship'. Both students and myself reviewed the content and find it very useful in explaining key concepts.

Dr Isobel Hawthorne-Steele
Dept of Sociology & Appl'd Soc Studies, Ulster University
June 28, 2012

I'm not sure that this adds much to an existing body of work. This is a rather crowded area of the market and although this is accessible and contains useful material it's difficult to recommend as more than supplementary reading.

Dr Simon Bradford
Youth and Community Studies, Brunel University
December 20, 2011