Simply put it: 1. We depart from what the participants already know, have experienced or feel about any particular topic determinant for their lives. We gather information from the participants using participatory learning tools such as mapping, drawings, story telling, analytical graphics, games, dramatizations, etc. and then we share the results among the group. 2. Next, we share our own content about the topic, fusing both perspectives in order to create a new knowledge, constantly drawing out and relating to, the participants’ own perceptions, feelings, and examples, without forgetting our contribution. This improved process is based upon the practice-theory-practice cycle (also known as "research-education-action" cycle) as follows: participatory tool-plenary session/reflection-adding our own content, and 3. Finally, together, we find an application for the new knowledge. We implemente this kind of methodology in every workshop or training we facilitate, including organizational development processes such as organizational assessments and strategic plans.
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"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, and therefore, become active subjects of their own formation process. This approach enhances their participation and commitment to the learning experience. We are one of the few education consultants using a popular education methodology in the USA, 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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Why Popular Education methodology is different?
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)