Universities, Partnership and the Promotion of Social Inclusion: Some Issues and Developments in Ireland

O'Fathaigh, Mairtin (1997) Universities, Partnership and the Promotion of Social Inclusion: Some Issues and Developments in Ireland. UNSPECIFIED. .

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University College Cork (UCC) and excluded/disadvantaged communities on Cork's Northside undertook a partnership project. The partnership process exposed real divisions and differences among the partners and stakeholders on the link between participation and partnership and on the continuum of issues ranging from the more traditionalist model of dependency-creating courses to community-empowerment development programs. The model of traditional university adult education provision and assumptions that underpinned the mode of delivery and organization were in contrast to the lived experiences and needs of the disadvantaged/excluded community sectors on Cork's Northside. McGivney's six-stage process of access facilitation was integrated into UCC practical community projects. The Northside Education Initiative focused on social inclusion and educational intervention based on social commitment; accessibility to all community members; opportunities for full and open participation in the intervention; and attention to the best conditions for learning to occur. Positive aspects of the socio-educational partnership were development of a cohort of adult role models in an excluded community; progressive ladder of accreditation; full partnership in program design and implementation; participative methodology; build on/with existing foundations in the community; provision of a wide range of services; share ownership of learning; and build high trust. (Contains 12 references.) (YLB)

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Additional Information: Availability - Level 1 - Available online, if indexed January 1993 onward; Last updated - 2014-03-21
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ireland (Cork); University College Cork (Ireland); ERIC, Resources in Education (RIE); Stakeholders; School Community Relationship; Community Education; Community Programs; Access to Education; Higher Education; Equal Education; Partnerships in Education; Foreign Countries; Disadvantaged Environment; Disadvantaged; Developed Nations; Empowerment; Social Isolation; Social Integration; Universities; Poverty Areas; Adult Education
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2015 07:46
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2015 09:00
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3433

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