An exploration of how societal conflicts are mediated in the experiential group setting

Anastacio, Jean and Turkie, Alan. 1996. 'An exploration of how societal conflicts are mediated in the experiential group setting'. In: International Consortium for Experiential Learning (ICEL) conference. Cape Town, South Africa July 1996. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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This paper explores lessons learned from twenty five years experience of courses in community development and youth work, which have a focus on democratic social change, and racial and sexual equality. Aimed at mature students, our approach, has developed and refined a model of education and training by combining group work techniques and experiential learning, enabling students to reflect critically on their life experience, process feelings, and attempt to develop a conceptual understanding of their experience. Many of our students have negative experiences of formal education. Thoughtful recruitment ensures that our students are culturally diverse, and that women and recent refugees to the U.K., are strongly represented, which provides the diversity of backgrounds and experience key to anti discriminatory work and the experiential learning process. -- The paper sets the course in a wider social and economic context, and identifies phases experienced by students in the group work setting.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


community and youth work; racial equality; sexual equality; experiential learning; group work

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)



Event Location:

Cape Town, South Africa

Date range:

July 1996

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12 May 2010 14:57

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29 Apr 2020 15:28


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