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Informal Education (Smith, Mark) Paperback – 12 Nov 1999

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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Education Now Publishing Co-operative Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (12 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871526418
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871526417
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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informal education: conversation, democracy and learning

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 January 1997

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 41

An excellent introduction…. which may well become a classic. William Clemmey, Youth and Policy 59.

Of late there has been a major growth of interest in informal education. But what is it? Who does it? How is it to be developed? This book provides a unique and practical introduction to the area.

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.

Informal Education is a required text for the Certificate in Foundation Studies in Informal and Community Education...


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This is simply a brilliant piece of explanatory text for youth workers, social workers and community sector workers. Informal education is central to youth work in the UK. Jeffs and Smith investigate elements of learning, education and the social impact that this tool can have. The book also explores conversation and democracy, reflective practice and education as a process rather than a product. For people exploring informal education, it is a valuable introduction and I would say a must for those entering the youth work profession. Jeffs and Smith also have the knack of presenting the information is a easy-to-read way, so that such a vast topic can be read in a relaxed way. It is not volumnous in its content and equally is not too brief. With so many people fearful of education as a youth work component, this book will put minds at rest. Enjoy.
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Tony Jeffs

Truly a down to earth book. It'has all the formal education with an easy terminology and understanding. I would recomend this book to teachers ,doctors in fact any area of work. we learn in many different wways and this for me hit the nail on the head. Thank goodness we have academics who can relarte to the real world
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