, Volume 36, Issue 1–2, pp 121–138 | Cite as

A Process Approach to Community-Based Education: The People’s Free University of Saskatchewan



On the basis of insights provided by Whitehead and John Cobb, I show how the People’s Free University of Saskatchewan (PFU) is a working model of free, open, community-based education that embodies several characteristics of Whitehead’s philosophy of education. Formed in opposition to the growing commercialization at the original “people’s university,” (the University of Saskatchewan) the PFU has spawned distinctive ideals of its own. The PFU reflects Whitehead’s belief in the importance of shared knowledge fostered by community-based education, the value of abstract and practical knowledge, and the power of the imagination to establish a community of learners capable of acting freely together.


Community-based education People’s Free University of Saskatchewan (PFU) Whitehead on freedom Cobb’s practical proposals commercialization of the University of Saskatchewan university cessation ideals of the PFU growth of shared knowledge the value of abstract and practical knowledge imagination building of communities common good life-code of value 


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  1. 1.Department of Educational Administration College of EducationUniversity of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada

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