RadioActive101-Learning through radio, learning for life: an international approach to the inclusion and non-formal learning of socially excluded young people

Andrew Ravenscroft*, J. Dellow, Maria José Brites, A. Jorge, Daniel Catalão

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Abstract

This article describes an original international approach to inclusion and non-formal learning of socially excluded young people, through participatory internet radio - RadioActive101. First, we critically discuss the social and digital exclusion of young people. We then describe our approach - that includes participatory action research methods that are influenced by the work of Dewey and Freire, and operate as a process of complex intervention. This supports the inclusive co-production of radio content in ways that support non-formal learning in two EU contexts–the UK and Portugal. We then summarise and compare a qualitative investigation of RadioActive101. This showed positive results, with important similarities and differences between the two contexts. Participants reported that RadioActive101 was motivating and contributed to the development of contemporary skills, and also stimulated improvements in psychosocial dimensions such as confidence (self-efficacy) and self-esteem. This investigation informed the development of an original recognition system for non-formal learning that maps EU Key Competences for Lifelong Learning to radio practices and activities that are recognised through electronic badges. Our reflections emphasise that in order to support the non-formal learning of socially excluded young people we must foreground our attention to fostering psychosocial dimensions alongside developing contemporary competences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)997-1018
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
Volume24
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Contemporary skills
  • Internet radio
  • Non-formal learning
  • Pedagogical issues
  • Psychosocial dimensions
  • Socially excluded young people

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