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then the first Head of Community Learning and Development with the Scottish

By Charlie Mcconnell


Making of an Empowering Profession’. If you Google Wikipedia for community learning and development or community education, only two examples are referenced: Scotland and the State of Wisconsin in the USA. Apparently neither terms are used these days in the policies and practice of countries worldwide. This is surprising- not only because it is wrong but also because in fact community learning and development is a worldwide phenomenon. The term may not be being used in other countries, but this work has been part of an incredible educational revolution that has been taking place certainly since the later 1960s. A revolution that is called people power. I have recently retired after nearly 40 years in community learning and development. I’d like to reflect in this article upon how this work developed and also my own part in supporting some of it in Scotland, the UK and beyond. I am a baby boomer. I left school in 1968 and studied Politics and Community Development as a student. After working in a community school in Yorkshire, I moved in 1975 to Scotland and to the Scottish Local Government Unit. SLGU wa

Year: 2013
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