Lifelong Action Learning for Community Development
Learning and Development for a Better World
2013 - 278 pages
ISBN Paperback: 9789462093874 ($ 43.00)
This book explains and demonstrates how indigenous communities – built on traditional knowledge, culture and language – can be extended and strengthened by (1) the new, integrated methodology of Lifelong Action Learning (LAL), and (2) new approaches to learning and development as exemplified by the system of GULL (Global University for Lifelong Learning).
The GULL system harnesses the potential of people to bring about positive change together, characterized by self-reliance, financial independence, and cascading learning and benefits to others. It is a self-directed and self-sustainable process of learning and growth. The case studies in this book provide evidence that over time economically very poor communities can achieve transformations that bring with them many benefits personally, professionally and for the community.
This book manages to accomplish an almost impossible goal—to be both deeply inspirational and highly practical all at the same time.
Professor Mary Brydon-Miller, USA
I was sold on this book from the foreword – the need to rethink how we think about and ‘do’ education is emerging as a ‘hot topic’ among academics.
Professor Lesley Wood, South Africa
All development practitioners and students should study this book carefully, as should aid bureaucrats and aid donors.
Dr Chad Perry, Australia
In this book Ortrun Zuber-Skerritt and Richard Teare invite us to re-think, re-evaluate and re-create our views of learning.
Associate Professor Doris Santos, Colombia
In this new book, the authors present challenging and original models for encouraging community and social development work. Drawing on a Lifelong Action Learning (LAL) approach, they challenge Western-dominated approaches to learning, encouraging the development of local solutions for local needs.
Dr Pip Bruce Ferguson, New Zealand
By bringing education to the people, rather than people to education, they create the possibility for real personal, organizational and community learning on-the-ground in developing countries.
Dr Ron Passfield, Australia
The genius of this book is its simplicity. It provides a sound approach to addressing the holes in our mainstream approaches to education, training, development and in living together in communities, through providing a new understanding of ‘lifelong action learning’ and how to achieve it through proactively cultivating and passing on local knowledge.
Dr Frank Thompson, Africa.
I believe this book has the potential to transform the century old teaching and learning paradigm that is failing many countries to one that is futures oriented and transformational in nature. This is a book that all educators need to read and to consider within their own learning context.
Dr Margaret Fletcher, Australia
This book will be useful to international community developers, educators and researchers - especially if they are looking for alternative ways of successfully improving living conditions for disadvantaged and subsistence communities.
Associate Professor Wendy Rowe, Canada