LILLIPUT Resources on Community Development in Learning Cities and Regions - Part 2 Implementation

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City/Regional Development
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Learning materials
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International Cooperation
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Learning Region Financing
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Learning Region Strategies
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Stakeholder Involvement
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Module 5 continues the theme of the Community and the Learning city by focusing on the major issues around the effects of the implementation of lifelong learning concepts on the growth of community learning. It contains a wealth of case studies and exercises for participants to study and enjoy. National, regional and Local Education Authorities which adopt lifelong learning as the way ahead are recognizing that it changes the way of thinking and acting between generations and between sectors of the city and region. Family Learning, Community Learning, Adult Learning becomes an important a part of city life in conjunction with school learning, vocational learning and higher learning. The voluntary sectors of the community begin to play a greater role in the development and delivery of seminars, courses and lessons. Community Education centres grow in places which are not traditionally centres of learning – in the pub, in the theatre, in the museum, in the small business and even in the street. City regeneration plans include a high proportion of learning opportunities. Because finance is finite there is little new money for this and so the new learning centers use the facilities of the older ones in schools, colleges and universities – and sometimes in businesses.

But the wiser and more switched-on cities and communities recognize also that this a huge opportunity for new approaches - intergenerational learning, use of the information, communication and broadcasting technologies for learning, holistic learning, attracting reluctant learners back into the learning fold, new missions, aims and objectives. The whole community is now the focus of learning efforts. It is on a growth runway. This module therefore presents the evidence for this, and describes the places where it is all happening, those in the forefront of developments in this field. It invites participants to experience learning in the way that all these modules do – by drawing from their own creativity and playing a part in the learning process because they have ownership of it..

More specifically, Part 2 addresses issues around resources, consultation, social inclusion and communication. The module comprises and introduction, 5 topics and 16 lessons as follows

Topic 5.1 Building Community Learning in a Learning Community
Lesson 5.1.1: What the experts say – and the implications
Lesson 5.1.2: The 21st Century – the era of community learning
Lesson 5.1.3: Mawson Lakes – a 21st Century Community Case Study
Lesson 5.1.4: St Columba’s College and Platform – Serving the Community
Lesson 5.1.5: Finding the gen – a web exercise

Topic 5.2: Consulting the people and providing for Community Learning
Lesson 5.2.1: Preparing to consult
Lesson 5.2.2: Dublin – City of Neighbourhoods Consultation Case Study
Lesson 5.2.3: The example of Beijing - providing for learning in a city
Lesson 5.2.4: Learning as fun - Learning Festivals and what they can do

Topic 5.3: Some aspects of Social Inclusion,
Lesson 5.3.1: Aging Europe – a problem with a solution?
Lesson 5.3.2 Educating Prisoners – does it happen? Does it work?

Topic 5.4 Resources and Finance
Lesson 5.4.1: Alternative Currencies – Time Dollars
Lesson 5.4.2: Resources in the Community

Topic 5.5: Some Community Learning Initiatives and Case Studies
Lesson 5.5.1: Community Learning Initiatives in Blackburn, Glasgow, Gothenburg
and St Albert
Lesson 5.5.2: Linking Stakeholders across continents. PALLACE
Lesson 5.5.3 A summary – change and learning communities

Topics and lessons include objectives, suggestions for teachers and a panoply of supporting documents, diagrams, case studies and visual aids.
These materials are useful for the training of adult educators, community development officers and the continuing professional development of everyone in the caring and community services. They also have a resonsnce for citizens who wish to know about the future of their city and community.