Social and cultural transformation through participative learning

Social and cultural education is of increasing importance in today's society, particularly considering the social justice issues which need to addressed both here and overseas. This area of education is concerned with the social and cultural transformation of participants. The programs involve participants in field or immersion experiences in different cultural contexts, require them to critically analyse social issues and identify ways in which they can be agents of social and cultural change.

The programs challenge participants' personal and social assumptions, develop them personally and culturally and provide them with skills they need for social and organisation analysis and for their roles as change agents and as advocates in the social arena. This paper presents a conceptual framework for social and cultural education and discusses issues related to its implementation. Case studies of this approach are drawn from programs offered by participants both here and overseas.