Building Inclusive Communities through Education and Learning
The book addresses the complex relationships among learning, education and the community. It examines the significance of the community for the individual’s development and the potential that learning and education have for the development of the community. The volume gathers together the findings of a number of quantitative and qualitative studies conducted on different samples, theoretical discussions set in comparative international contexts. Although the studies employ Slovenian samples and analyse situations in this country, the contributions address issues that are of concern to the global research community. Moreover, they respond to international debates and engage in the dialogue between the local/partial and the global/universal. The book is unique in its embeddedness in the intellectual continental European tradition that has been characterised by the failed historical experience of attempting collective unity through the community understood as a common identity in former Yugoslavia.
Dr Klara Skubic Ermenc is Associate Professor at the Department of Educational Sciences of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2016, she worked as a Visiting Professor at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She has published around 50 scientific articles and book chapters in scientific monographs, and one textbook. She also co-authored nine edited volumes, and co-edited seven more. Between 2015 and 2017, she was the editor-in-chief of Journal of Contemporary Educational Studies. She is currently the President of the National Association of Slovenian Educationalists.
Dr Borut Mikulec is Assistant Professor for Adult Education at the Department of Educational Sciences of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His fields of research are comparative adult and continuing education, the theory of adult and community education, the role of transnational organisations in education policy, the professional development of adult educators, and the policy of lifelong learning. He is an editor-in-chief of the journal Studies in Adult Education and Learning.
"This book is relevant across disciplines - it particularly adds to the studies in the area of adult education and education studies. It is very informative, thought-provoking, and well-supported. One of its main strengths is that it considers learning and education in in a community in all its forms; it explores formal and non-formal education in community institutions, informal learning in everyday life of community practices, as well as intergenerational learning and education. Furthermore, by emphasising the importance of community in relation to education and learning, the authors clearly show that the purpose of education and learning should not be preoccupied only with discourses of skills, competences and employability which dominant international intergovernmental organisations (i.e. the OECD, the EU) disseminate around the globe. The book is a critique of the growing tide of today's individualism, reinforced with the dominant discourse of lifelong learning, and shows the role community can have in the development of social action, solidarity, identity, knowledge creation, dialog, democratic practices and participation of its members, as well as community newcomers, regardless of their legal status. The writing is eloquent yet understandable, making it an excellent resource to students, researchers and educators working in formal and non-formal settings."
Dr. Justyna Pilarska, University of Wroclaw, (2019)
Petra Gregorcic Mrvar
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