Pleased to report that 100 have now registered on to the SP Module. Progress!
Stiff task ahead to encourage a sizeable percentage of tutors to engage.
In the WEA Y and H Region we have offered a variety of different sessions to bring tutors together, having completed the on-line module, to discuss any issues and to take the agenda forward.
Could, will, be interesting.
If you visit this blog you’ll know it’s thin and irregularly updated. This explains why it’s not what you might call popular!
But in case you’re one of the few that does pop by once in a while then please now link to this piece written by a better blogger than I, Pete Caldwell. It’s well worth a read:
Over the last few days I’ve had two really positive meetings, the first with Titus Alexander (Democracy Matters) and the second with Professor Stephen Coleman (University of Leeds). In both cases we’ve talked about the possibilities for joint working and outlined some project proposals which the WEA Business Development Team will now take forward.
More immediately we (university of Leeds and the Y and H Region) will be developing some ” Voice” workshops as add-ons to current WEA courses in the Yorkshire Region; these to be funded by Stephen’s work and delivered by some University Drama students who have been trained up to do this work. Looks promising. I would recommend you have a look at this site:
How about an AdultsAmplified?
On another but related matter. We (a National Association working group) are developing an Induction Pack of materials, training units, resources etc. Towards this end we need really good examples of WEA courses which have embedded social purpose.
YOU will have examples out there of courses which i] link to a broader context (cookery to where ingredients come from and how far they’ve travelled to be on our tables; 20th century history to contemporary issues -the EU comes to mind! – ICT to campaiging on-line and so on); ii] link to an active response and iii] encourage and develop critical thinking.
Examples welcomed and better still if you have tutors willing to talk to camera about how they do it…………………
Thought I’d just post this before the year comes to an end (not the world!).
My blog somewhat dried up this year but I’m hopeful it may pick up in 2013.
Why? Well the conditions could not be riper. Austerity+! These are bad times for many, many people and education with a social purpose can play a part in helping adults analyse and understand what’s going on so they can start to construct a better future.
By April 2013 we hope to have a new, special module for tutors on what social purpose education is in a WEA context. It will be classroom based but also, and this I am excited about, available as an on-line module.
Watch this space and by the way what is social purpose education for you?
We are holding two WEA Tutor/Volunteer events 9th and 13th July, in Leeds and Sheffield respectively.
A major topic will be on how all will engage with the revised Vision, Mission and Values statement.
Hope it’ll be valuable dialogue.
I am very excited that Easter Region have logged into this blog. Thanks. First for ages thus this mini blog.
We are currently emersed in doing SARs. This is a long and slightly arduous activity but very important and a real opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved and what beckons for 12/13. A real focus during the year has been on incorporating social purpose into the curriculum. We’ve made some real progress but still hit some walls! e.g. some tutors have called this ‘social engineering’, whilst others simply do not get it at all. Others still say that critical thinking should be the task rather than social purpose. I disagree and think critical thinking is crucial but not alone. The social purpose element is where the curriculum engages/connects with contemporary societal issues and encourages adults to act to make things better. At least that’s how I see it. How about you?