‘Swimming in the swamp’ – inquiry into accreditation, community development, and social change

Fitzsimons, Camilla and Dorman, Peter (2013) ‘Swimming in the swamp’ – inquiry into accreditation, community development, and social change. The Adult Learner. pp. 44-58. ISSN 0790-8040

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Drawing from extensive experience as community educators, this paper discusses accreditation and its relationship to community development as informed by a cooperative inquiry conducted by tutors. Beginning with our rationale for undertaking the inquiry, it details our approach to community development and the centrality of education within this. It offers a review of some literature pertinent to both concepts before presenting findings from the inquiry itself. It concludes by emphasising the positive features of the awarding of credits for set-learning periods but expresses concern about difficulties with contemporary models of practice including a degree of discordance between accreditation and education for social change.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Swimming; swamp; inquiry; accreditation; community development; social change;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
Item ID: 7868
Depositing User: Camilla Fitzsimons
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 11:14
Journal or Publication Title: The Adult Learner
Publisher: The National Association of Adult Education
Refereed: Yes

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