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Critical Geographies of Childhood and YouthContemporary Policy and Practice$
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Peter Kraftl, John Horton, and Faith Tucker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428462

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428462.001.0001

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Informal education in compulsory schooling in the Uk: humanising moments, utopian spaces?

Informal education in compulsory schooling in the Uk: humanising moments, utopian spaces?

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(p.151) nine Informal education in compulsory schooling in the Uk: humanising moments, utopian spaces?
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Critical Geographies of Childhood and Youth
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Isabel Cartwright

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428462.003.0009

Drawing on the author's work as an informal educator in schools in the London Boroughs of Newham and Hackney, this chapter critically explores informal education, and how it can work as a prism through which to critique UK education policy and dominant Western approaches to education and young people. It examines the four key principles of informal education in relation to the potential space that informal education can inhabit within the context of UK schools: creating spaces within formal educational settings to work with young people; the importance of dialogue/conversation in creating emotional spaces and ‘horizons’; the importance of everyday geographies in fostering learning; and the creation of community/citizenship.

Keywords:   Informal education, Utopia, Geographies of education, Dialogue, Youth work

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