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Community Education has been at the forefront of education in Scotland since the Alexander Report amalgamated youth work, adult learning and community work together back in 1975 to form the community education services seen currently. Back then the Labour Government at the time commissioned the report and it has continued to have a significant impact on community education since then. In this essay I will explore how the different antecendents of community education outlined in Community Education, Learning and Development (2010) by Lynn Tett have helped me to understand what community education represents at present and look in depth at how the three antecedents outlined, help to understand what community education practices nowadays. I will …show more content…
In community education there is also often a responsibility with working with poor or disadvantaged communities and this stems from the mid 1900s when reforms began in relation to health, housing and government and people responding to and supporting the voice of the poor admist these reforms. In Part 1 of the Scottish Executive Guidance for Community Learning and Development there is a section which reads ‘In many parts of Scotland poverty and disadvantage are concentrated in particular neighbourhoods, but other individuals and groups can also be affected.’ This in particular stood out to me from the framework because it shows clearly that the Scottish Government recognise that in an area with less poverty and disadvantage, there may still be issues faced by …show more content…
It has changed and broadened in order to morph into what we see as community education today. At the same time however, it has very much stuck to its founding principles and still draws on the antecendents outlined by Lynn Tett. It has also allowed me to research into what the role of community education is in our society today and gain a deeper insight into the ambiguity surrounding community education in Scotland. I have been able to see how policy has became pivotal and central in the field today as well as learn the different perspectives on whether the joined up approach with local authority creates a stronger, or more divided community education in Scotland. I managed to study the deeply contested arguments around being so ambigous in the work we do in Scotland and the benefits as well as the doubts that in doing so raises. It has shown me the ideologies behind Community Education and the importance of challenging for social change. I think the different opinions, understandings and views is what makes community education so pivotal and the different contexts that are debated in the field. Overall I have been able to look at valid arguments, intricate

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