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The Adult Learning Project in Edinburgh, affectionately known as ALP, is a sustained experiment in applying the principles of the Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, in a European post-industrial urban environment.Because this book explains so sensitively the theory and rationale of Freirean education, and describes so carefully the Freirean process at work in a Scottish setting, it will hearten and inspire all those who fear the iron hold of mechanistic and passive approaches to learning.Lalage Bown From 1979 to 2011, ALP has written a new chapter in the history of popular education, locally and globally, honouring the brilliance of the 'onelie begetter' of this approach, Paulo Freire, whose writings have inspired us all.Colin and Gerri KirkwoodThe fundamental concern in all of Paulo Freire's work is to assert the possibility and potential of human agency, by challenging the passivity and fatalism of ordinary people, intervening purposefully in their lives and enabling them to lever themselves out of 'immersion' in the 'culture of silence'. Through its pedagogy and curriculum, ALP has made a significant contribution to enabling the often marginalized voices of Scottish communities to be heard. For educators the world over who share similar aims and values, the experience of ALP is insightful, instructive and inspirational.Jim Crowther and Ian Martin The period since 1990 has been momentous in the life of ALP, in the sense that ordinary people became involved in an extraordinary political process which changed the life of Scotland forever.Vernon Galloway, Stan Reeves and Nancy SomervilleThis book will be of interest to educationalists, social scientists and psychologists throughout the world, and in particular to practitioners, students, teachers and promoters of schooling, adult, further and higher education, community development, practical and liberation theology, health and wellbeing, and counseling and psychotherapy.

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The Gorgie Dalry Adult Learning Project (ALP) in Edinburgh, Scotland, was begun in 1979 as a sustained experiment in applying the principles of the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire in a Western European, post-industrial, urban environment. Authors Gerri Kirkwood, a member of the ALP team from the beginning, and Colin Kirkwood, a former consultant to ALP, explain the theory and rationale of Freirean education and show how its principles were adapted by participants in Scotland. The book contains 3 case studies on outcomes. Interviews shed light on the influence of ALP on participants and staff. This second edition contains a new chapter on ALP in Scotland since 1990. A new preface overviews five general themes useful for understanding the relevance of this book for non-UK readers: the link between theory and practice, the longevity of the project, the changing Scottish context, the theme of alienation in ALP's activities, and the link between local, national, and international contexts. In addition to b&w photos of classrooms and community, the book contains a glossary and a statistical summary of participation in ALP over the period 1979-1987. It will be of interest to promoters of adult and further education, community development, practical and liberation theology, and counseling and psychotherapy. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Kirkwood, Gerri And Colin Kirkwood.
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Kirkwood, Gerri
Education-Adult Education
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