Learning to take part as active citizens: emerging lessons for community organising in Britain

Mayo, Marjorie and Mendiwelso-Bendek, Zoraida and Packham, Carol (2012) Learning to take part as active citizens: emerging lessons for community organising in Britain. Voluntary Sector Review, 3 (2). pp. 179-195. ISSN 2040-8056

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204080512X649351

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Abstract

Learning to take part in civil society as an active citizen has emerged as a topical
policy commitment in the UK, with the present government’s controversial Big
Society programme aiming to train 500 senior community organisers and 4,500
mid-level community organisers. Rather than speculating on these initiatives in
the absence, as yet, of research evidence, this article reflects upon previous
government programmes to promote community-based learning for active
citizenship and the lessons that are emerging from researching these.
The first section outlines the approaches that were developed by the previous
government’s programme for ‘Active Learning for Active Citizenship’ (ALAC) and
its successor programme ‘Take Part’. This sets the context for the discussion in
the following section of the findings from research that explored the two
programmes’ impacts and limitations at different levels. The final section then
reflects upon emerging lessons, raising questions about some potential
implications in the new (although not entirely dissimilar) policy context.

Keywords:community-based learning, citizenship, community organising
Subjects:L Social studies > L230 UK Government/Parliamentary Studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > Lincoln Law School
ID Code:7532
Deposited On:13 Feb 2013 15:00

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