London skyline by Michael Smith. All rights reserved we specialize in the theory and practice of informal education, social pedagogy, lifelong learning, social action, and community learning and development.


What is community work? How has it developed in the UK? What is it’s current state? We review thinking and practice in the field of community work, and question the direction it is currently taking. Updated.

What is teaching? In this piece Mark K Smith explores the nature of teaching – those moments or sessions where we make specific interventions to help people learn particular things. He sets this within a discussion of pedagogy and didactics and demonstrates that we need to unhook consideration of the process of teaching from the role of ‘teacher’ in schools. There is also a linked piece: key teaching activities.

New in the archivesCommunity participation, community development and non-formal education. In this piece Marjorie Mayo explores competing perspectives based upon different theoretical approaches to social change, and to combating poverty and disadvantage. This article was first published in 1994.

New in the archivesRadical community education. Tom Lovett explores the development of radical community education and explores different models of practice. Different models of recent work are reviewed and some ways forward suggested. This article was first published in 1994


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