Whilst education has been widely recognised as a key tool for development, this has tended to be limited to the incremental changes that education can bring about within a given development paradigm, as opposed to its role in challenging dominant conceptions and practices of development and creating alternatives.

Through a collection of insightful and provocative chapters, this book will examine the role of learning in shaping new discourses and practices of development. By drawing on contributions from activists, researchers, education and development practitioners from around the world, this book situates learning within the wider political and cultural economies of development. It critically explores if and how learning can shape processes of societal transformation, and consequently a new language and practice of development. This includes offering critical accounts of popular, informal and non-formal learning processes, as well as the contribution of indigenous knowledges, in providing spaces for the co-production of knowledge, thinking and action on development, and in terms of shaping the ways in which citizens engage with and create new understandings of ‘development’ itself. This book makes an important and original contribution by reframing educational practices and processes in relation to broader global struggles for justice, voice and development in a rapidly changing development landscape.

part 2|64 pages

Education and development alternatives

chapter 6|16 pages

Can dreams come true?

Exploring transformative education and development through the experiences of La Verneda-Sant Martí, Catalunya, Spain

chapter 7|13 pages

What do we mean by success?

Comparing outcomes from Freirean adult education programmes in Brazil and Mozambique

chapter 8|17 pages

Practitioner perspective: This revolution will not be schooled

How we are collectively improvising a ‘new story’ about learning

part 3|60 pages

Learning, agency and citizen engagement

chapter 9|18 pages

Civic habitus

Toward a pedagogy for citizen engagement

chapter 10|15 pages

The future of development education

Transformational learning for a world citizens movement

chapter 11|14 pages

Learning in the praxis of diaspora politics

Understanding development as social justice

chapter 12|7 pages

Practitioner perspective: The critical and creative promise of education

A trans-local approach to hosting learning spaces

chapter |4 pages


Disrupting development and education