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Post-School Education Review, vol 1, Issue 4, December 2015

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Education Policy Consortium (EPC) and Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)


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This issue of the EPC Review once again provides a selection of writings that reflect on the scope and scale of research issues in which the EPC’s researchers are involved. It is illustrative especially of the development of young researchers getting to grips with some of the complex issues arising from their work. These endeavours include the multifaceted social relationships and educational challenges that arise in the context of work that is located at the intersection of policy, practice and community. It also shows the wide range of issues which are being investigated by the EPC’s researchers. Amongst the contributions is an article which sets out a conceptualisation of the nature of community education and its potential role in the future. It argues how any understanding of the role of community education must be based on learning that is directly related to the experiences of the communities in question; how a community college might be conceptualised beyond the idea of a brick and mortar structure and its relationship to the idea and practice of non-formal education. The article explains that community education is not simply the ‘training’ of community leaders as is the case with so many of the conventional approaches.

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