Informal education has, in recent years, attracted a lot interest amongst educationalists, health and welfare professionals and others. Why is this? Also what is it, who does it, and how can it be developed? This book seeks to answer these questions and provide an introduction to informal education.
The writers explore how informal educators encourage conversation, democracy and learning. They also examine evaluation, working with process, living with values and planning. Each chapter includes a number of questions that help readers to explore their work. Further support is given on a set of linked web pages. This is the third edition of this book which has become a popular text for those in the youth and community sector.
'This is a little cracker, an ideal tool for all initial training courses and a must for jaded and stressed-out practitioners. This book offers a timely reminder of all that we value about our work and gives a firm orientation to our profession.'
Doug Nicholls, Rapport
'This book celebrates conversation ... It provides a flavour of the possibilities of informal education [and] should encourage [readers] to probe more deeply into the theory and practice of informal education.'
Howard Williamson, Young People Now
'An excellent introduction … which may well become a classic.'
William Clemmey, Youth and Policy
Tony Jeffs teaches in the Department of Applied Social Studies at the University of Durham.
Mark K. Smith is the Rank Research Fellow and Tutor at the YMCA George Williams College, London.