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Empowering Communities: A Toolkit for Promoting Learning Circles

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The toolkit "Empowering Communities: A Toolkit for Promoting Learning Circles" explores the concept of "learning circles" from the theoretical point of view and provides practical guidance on how to set up, run and evaluate a learning circle.

Aims of the tool

- Share what is a "learning circle" and how it can be implemented;
- Share the factors that need to be taken into account to ensure successful running of a Learning Circle (LC).
- Provide some guidance and suggestions on various aspects of running learning circles including tracking progress, motivation, the role of the facilitator, inclusive learning environment and critical success factors.
- To share how a "learning circle" can be developed in different community back grounds and for different target groups;
- To demonstrated how a "learning circle" can utilise the social capital in local communities and help local residents become more involved in, direct and take greater responsibility for their own learning.

Description of the tool

The toolkit explores the concept of "learning circles" from the theoretical point of view and provides practical guidance on how to set up, run and evaluate a learning circle. The document builds on experience of European partners in running learning circles in various settings. The practical section of the toolkit includes useful templates and diagrams to help any organisation successfully set up and run learning circles.

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Tool overview

Empowering Communities: A Toolkit for Promoting Learning Circles

http://toolbox.salto-youth.net/1597

This tool addresses

Social Inclusion, Group Dynamics, Personal Development, Conflict Management, Peer education

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Christine Wilks, Elina Kumpina, Ana Rita Seirôco, Joaquim Jorge, Carla Proença, Cristina Costa, Mariana Stoiculescu, Gabriel Dobrescu, Luc Bernard and Julie Geslot.

in the context of

PALS - Partners in Adult Learning -Grundtvig Learning Partnership (2011-2013);

The tool has been experimented in

Grundtvig Learning Partnership (2011-2013);

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Ana Rita Seirôco (on 9 April 2015)

and last modified

16 February 2015

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