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Ollis, Tracey; Starr, Karen; Ryan, Cheryl; Harrison, Ursula – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2018
Neighbourhood Houses in Australia are spaces of education and learning that cater to and work with adult learners across a lifespan. They are known as fourth sector education providers in the Adult and Community Education (ACE) sector. With a history spanning nearly 45 years, Neighbourhood Houses provide vital education opportunities for adult…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Lifelong Learning, Community Centers, Adult Education
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Ollis, Tracey; Starr, Karen; Ryan, Cheryl; Angwin, Jennifer; Harrison, Ursula – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2017
Neighbourhood Houses in Victoria are significant sites of formal and informal education for adult learners. Intrinsically connected to local communities they play an important role in decreasing social isolation and building social inclusion. The focus of this research is on adult learners and adult learning that engages with "second…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Adult Education
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Ollis, Tracey; Hamel-Green, Michael – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2015
This paper examines the adult learning dimensions of protestors as they participate in a campaign to stop coal seam gas exploration in Gippsland in Central Victoria, Australia. On a global level, the imposition of coal seam gas exploration by governments and mining companies has been the trigger for movements of resistance from environmental…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Activism, Conservation (Environment)
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Ollis, Tracey – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2011
This paper explores the informal and social learning dimensions of activists as they learn skills and knowledge through participating in social action. In doing this I draw on Lave and Wenger's epistemology of situated learning and Bourdieu's theory of "habitus". I argue activists learn an array of community development skills in the…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Community Development, Socialization, Activism
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Ollis, Tracey – Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 2008
The 21st century has seen renewed interest in activism, community development and social change globally (Kenny 2006). This paper outlines the educational significance of the learning practices of activists as they engage within and against the state. In an era of adult education which emphasises lifelong learning and learning in the workplace,…
Descriptors: Community Development, Lifelong Learning, Adult Learning, Social Change