Thinking Outside the Classroom
This chapter introduces and discusses alternative learning programmes that operate outside of the traditional confines of school, usually applying adult learning methodologies, often employing the creative arts as a point of interest for young people otherwise disengaged from the standard curriculum, and mostly delivered not by schoolteachers but by community educators, parents, and many others. They are a form of education now characterised as part of the ‘Not- school’ movement, which includes all out-of-school educational experiences such as homeschooling, which itself is part of an emerging trend of ‘unschooling’. School leaving age and school retention are all issues related to how long we expect young people to remain in institutionalised learning situations, while pathways to further education and/or careers are no longer simply linear, and gap years are becoming the norm. These trends require us to think outside traditional classroom and school structures.
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