What's Popular Education methodology?
Simply put it: 1. We depart from what the participants already know, have experienced or feel about any particular topic determinant for their lives. For that, we use participatory tools such as mapping, drawing, visual analytical exercises, story telling, games, dramatizations, etc. 2. Next, we share our own content about the topic, fusing both perspectives in order to create a new knowledge. This improved process is based upon the practice-theory-practice Pop Ed cycle. 3. Together, we find an application for the new knowledge achieved. For examples, you can visit our social media in our Home page
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Why Popular Education methodology is different?
"Liberatory education is fundamentally a situation where the teacher and the students both have to be learners, both have to be cognitive subjects, in spite of being different"(Paulo Freire, A Pedagogy for Liberation) Our methodology is engaging and visual and makes sure that participants bring out their knowledge, becoming active subjects. We are one of the few consultants using a popular education methodology, from a Latin American perspective (which is closer to Pablo Freire´s Philosophy of Education, who is considered the "father"of popular education or liberation-education).
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What's Participatory Action Research?
PECI's Reca Fernandez Ph.D. dissertation for his Doctoral degree was about Participatory Action Research. So, what's PAR? It's a popular social research that consists of a triple combination of elements: 1. Research that builds knowledge in a collective fashion. 2. Educational activity that includes a process of social/political raising awareness; and 3. Action for Social change, based upon the research's outcomes. If you're interested in knowing what's our PAR approach and its relation to popular education, you can check out the following material. An article written by Isabel Vinent Ph.D. and Reca Fernandez P.h.D. which appears in "Roots to Power: A Manual for Grassroots Organizing" 3rd. Edition by Dr. Lee Staples (ABC-CLIO Incorporated)
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