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    Funding Community Education in Ireland: Making the Case for a Needs-Based Approach


    Magrath, Conor and Fitzsimons, Camilla (2019) Funding Community Education in Ireland: Making the Case for a Needs-Based Approach. Journal of Social Science Education, 18 (4). pp. 38-50. ISSN 1618 5293

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    Abstract

    Purpose: This report captures the experiences of 56 participating community education organisations across Ireland and aims to uncover trends and issues in funding models. Design/methodology/approach: A mixed-methods research was undertaken in three phases. Phase one involved an online- survey, which asked about primary and secondary sources of funding, ease of administration, access and sustainability. Phase two consisted of one-to-one interviews with self-selected providers and in phase three, we returned to the participants of phase two with targeted questions specifically relating to the pressures to merge with nonindependent, state providers of community education. Findings: A disconnect between funders and providers, has been highlighted. Particularly the outcomes based funding model, which prioritises jobs activation over social inclusion. Funding is seen as restrictive, anti-innovative, bureaucratic and non-transparent. Practical implications: A need for sustainable, multi-annual funding has been identified, with providers looking for greater acknowledgement and recognition of the vital role and true value of community education in Irish society.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Community education; pedagogy; equality; civic engagement; state funding;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 14860
    Depositing User: Camilla Fitzsimons
    Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2021 15:59
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Science Education
    Publisher: Sowi-online
    Refereed: Yes
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