Hinsley Hall, Leeds.
Friday 29th May, 2009. 10.00-4.45
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This conference is designed to bring together practitioners, academics, and writers involved with informal education practice in formal and other settings. It is also the intention of the conference to explore the advantages and practicalities of setting up a Federation of Informal Educators—to consolidate and develop the theory and practice of informal education.
Recent years have witnessed a major growth of interest in informal education. Practitioners located in a variety of settings have come to appreciate the value of education via the medium of conversation. Many now view it as a way of adding richness and diversity to the educational experience and learning of those they work with. Not least in formal settings and institutions practitioners have found informal education complements and enhances traditional and more formal ways of offering learning opportunities. In seeking more democratic and responsive educational experiences many find the ideas and techniques of informal education helpful. Especially as a way of developing educational encounters beyond the classroom that encourage greater participation and flexibility.
Historically informal education has usually been encountered within areas such as youth work, adult education and community work. However practitioners working in schools, criminal justice, health, libraries, leisure, social work and further education are increasingly turning to informal education. Not only applying it within new settings but developing fresh, exciting insights and techniques that add richness to the informal education tradition.
This conference is designed to capture something of the breadth and vitality of these innovations by bringing together practitioners, academics and writers involved with informal educational practice in formal and other settings. It is also the intention of the conference to explore the advantages and practicalities of setting up a Federation of informal educators—to consolidate and develop the theory and practice of informal education
Youth and Policy