Social purpose education- definition!

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WEA Yorkshire & Humber BLOG

Tutors met in Leeds on the 4th Nov to discuss the SP Module. It was a really good event with some excellent debate and the sharing of ideas. Those present asked that the WEA offer a definition. This is challenging and possibly impossible but here are some to get us going. Do please join the debate.


Education for social purpose-some definitions for deliberation!


S.G. Raybould (1949) – “ I suggest that it means education which helps students to understand the society in which they live, and to change it in ways which seem to them desirable.”

Richard Smith – WEA Yorkshire and Humber Region tutor (2013)- “ The empowering of students to be effective and constructive change agents in society.”

Jol Miskin –WEA Regional Education Manager – “Education which connects the subject to contemporary social and political issues; which develops  creative, critical, questioning and challenging minds; which is…

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Author: Lou Mycroft

Hard working educator with passionate interest in Teaching for a Social Purpose. Everything I've learned is through observing colleagues and students, all of whom are committed to changing the world. And reading interesting stuff. I work at The Northern College in Barnsley and its mission (and thirty-eight year history) of social transformation makes it an ideal base to face the challenges of teaching adults in 21st century England.

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