Community Education And Neoliberalism: Philosophies, Practices And Policies In Ireland by Camilla FitzsimonsCommunity Education And Neoliberalism: Philosophies, Practices And Policies In Ireland by Camilla Fitzsimons

Community Education And Neoliberalism: Philosophies, Practices And Policies In Ireland

byCamilla Fitzsimons

Hardcover | March 8, 2017

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This book explores community education in Ireland and argues that neoliberalism has had a profound effect on community education. Rather than retain its foundational characteristics of collective, equality-led principles and practices, community education has lost much of its independence and has been reshaped into spaces characterised by labour-market activation, vocationalisation and marketisation. These changes have often, though not always, run contrary to the wishes of those involved in community education creating enormous tensions for practitioners, course providers and participants.
Camilla Fitzsimons is Lecturer in Adult and Community Education at Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland. She began working as a community educator in the 1990s and has worked with many groups including women's groups, intercultural groups, housing rights groups and community development and Leadership groups.
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Title:Community Education And Neoliberalism: Philosophies, Practices And Policies In IrelandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:287 pages, 21 × 14.8 × 0.03 inPublished:March 8, 2017Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319459368

ISBN - 13:9783319459363

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Community Education in Neoliberal Times.- PART I. Community Education, Philosophies and Practices.- Chapter 1. Models of Community Education.- Chapter 2. Community Education in Ireland.- Chapter 3. Critical Education and Community Education.- PART II. The Neoliberalisation of Community Education.- Chapter 4. Community Education and Employability.- Chapter 5. Community Education and Accreditation.- Chapter 6. Insiders, Outsiders and the Professionalisation of Community Education.- Chapter 7. Re-Kindling Community Education in Neoliberal Times.

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This book explores community education in Ireland and argues that neoliberalism has had a profound effect on community education. Rather than retain its foundational characteristics of collective, equality-led principles and practices, community education has lost much of its independence and has been reshaped into spaces characterised by labour-market activation, vocationalisation and marketisation. These changes have often, though not always, run contrary to the wishes of those involved in community education creating enormous tensions for practitioners, course providers and participants."This book is based in the tradition of critical pedagogy and gives voice to practitioners by drawing on empirical research with over 220 community educators to assert an anti-neoliberal perspective. It makes an important contribution to the field of community education through engaging with current debates that, although they are focused on Ireland, have strong relevance in wider international contexts.  Throughout the book readers are encouraged to engage in problem-posing, dialogical, approaches and to understand the importance of collectivism and social justice." (Lyn Tett, Professor of Community Education, University of Huddersfield, UK)