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Robert Putnam and social capital. We explore Putnam's contribution and the significance of social capital.

Martin Buber on education. Buber's focus on dialogue and community would alone mark him out as an important thinker for educators. But when this is added to his fundamental concern with encounter and how we are with each other (and the world) his contribution is unique and cover: the art of helping othersyet often unrecognized.

Happiness, well-being and education. What makes us flourish - and what does not? We explore the theory, practice and possibilities of putting happiness at the centre of education.

Josephine Macalister Brew and informal education. One of the most 'able, wise and sympathetic educationalists of her generation', Josephine Macalister Brew made a profound contribution to the development of thinking about, and practice of, youth work and informal education.

'Race' and difference - developing practice in lifelong learning. What strategies are used to deal with 'race' and difference in helping and lifelong learning? How is theory and practice to be developed?

further reading

Biestek, Felix P. (1961) The Casework Relationship, London: Unwin University Books. Classic exploration with an opening chapter on the essence of the casework relationship and then a discussion of what Biestek sees as the seven principles of the casework relationship: individualization, purposeful expression of feelings, controlled emotional involvement, acceptance, non-judgemental attitude, client self-determination, confidentiality.

Rogers, Carl (1967) ‘The interpersonal relationship in the facilitation of learning’ reprinted in H. Kirschenbaum and V. L. Henderson (eds.) (1990) The Carl Rogers Reader, London: Constable, pages 304-311.

Vernon, Mark (2007) The Philosophy of Friendship. London: Palgrave. A very readable exploration of friendship as a way of life. It does not shy away from the ambiguities and offers considerable insight.