Title: Collaborative action and learning: Experimenting with participatory
Authors: Mathijssen, Carmen ×
Wildemeersch, Danny #
Issue Date: 2008
Series Title: Action Research vol:6 issue:submitted
Abstract: We describe how, in the course of this study, six West-Flemish
community services underwent a learning process and took action
to develop a more 'reflexive' activation strategy to the benefit of
people that are considered disadvantaged. The organisers aim to
emphasise a humane approach, which not only takes the needs of
society into account, but also the concerns of the target group. This
happens in response to increasing pressure to introduce more
'restrictive' activation elements in their approach. European policy
guidelines have a strong impact on various practices in different
European countries. The social economy in general and community
services in particular are initiatives specifically aimed at the
activation of specific target groups, such as the low-skilled or the
long-term unemployed. The research approach is grounded in both
theoretical and practical considerations. The theoretical perspective
is based on the framework for reflexive and restrictive activation
developed by Weil, Wildemeersch & Jansen (2005). As far as
practical aspects are concerned, our starting point was the
observation that the new, emerging sector of community services is
calling for support in formulating their added social value. There are
different views on what activation can and should involve, which
results in a wide range of diverse activation initiatives.
ISSN: 1476-7503
Publication status: submitted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Research on Lifelong Learning and Participation (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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