Participation, Learning and Change

Commonwealth Approaches to Non-formal Education

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What is attempted here is a distillation of the collective wisdom of the New Delhi Conference on Non-Formal Education (January 1979) into a readable narrative. Some of the Conference papers are quoted in full: others are used as the basis for a discussion of the major current themes of non-formal education for development. Without the papers and the hard thinking that went into them, no book would have been possible. Without the Conference, their interpretation might well have been different. With the help of both, it is hoped that this book will provide both stimulation and guidance to non-formal educators in the important tasks which lie ahead.



Research and Evaluation

In studying the conference papers I was particularly pleased to find an emphasis on the democratization of research. This advocates the removal of a distinction between the researcher and those who are researched, on the basis that each has much to learn from the other and that perhaps it is those who are being researched who hold within themselves the keys to proper and meaningful solutions. In like manner, the democratization of research is apparent in the fact that interest in the problems of development is no longer incidental to the well-funded research institutes of the North, but of central concern to the rapidly developing research institutes of the South.


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