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Welcome to infed.org – the encyclopedia of pedagogy and informal education – space to explore education, pedagogy, learning and change.

Click to see all the main index or go to start for an overview.

Ideas

Key concepts and theories in education, pedagogy, learning, and community. Click for the full listing.

Featured: Hope. David Halpin offers an analysis of the nature of hope and its significance for educational practice. He identifies three ways in which a renewed optimism of the will can be nurtured among educators, despite the current talk of professional decline. These ‘three ways’ involve taking seriously: ‘hopelessness’; ‘the moral virtues of teaching’; and ‘optimistic illusions (utopias)’.

Thinkers and innovators

Exploring thinkers central to the development of the theory and practice of education, pedagogy, learning and change. Click for the full listing.

Featured: Naomi Klein: globalization, capitalism, neoliberalism and climate change. Naomi Klein has probably done more than any other commentator, to raise public understanding of the relationships between capitalism, neoliberalism and climate change. Here we explore her contribution.

Areas of work

Association, democracy and civil society: exploring civil society, civic participation, the development of community and association, and the activities of educators and animateurs.

Christian youth work and youth ministry: exploring the development and current experience of Christian youth work and youth ministry.

Community learning and development: exploring the development, theory and practice of community development and community work.

Evaluation. A developing set of pages exploring theories, issues and practices in evaluation.

Groupwork: exploring the principles, theory, practice and development of work with groups.

Helping: exploring the theory and practice of helping.

Homes, houses and communities: Exploring the experiences and development of homes, housing and communities – and where policy should go.

Informal and non-formal education: the experiences, practice and theories of informal education and non-formal education.

Informal Jewish education: exploring the principles and practice of informal Jewish education

Lifelong learning and adult education: exploring the development of theory and practice in adult education and lifelong learning

Research for practice: exploring research within and around informal education and social action.

Schools: explore the possibilities of informal education, social pedagogy, community learning and development and social action for schools.

Settlements and social action centres: exploring the special contribution of university, social and educational settlements.

Social action, social change and social reform: exploring the arenas, ideas and theorists of social action, social change and social reform for educators and animateurs.

Social pedagogy: exploring the theory and practice of social pedagogy.

Teaching and pedagogy. Exploring the theory, practice and commitments involved in teaching and pedagogy

Youth work: exploring the theory and practice of youth work and youth development

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