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

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Ravenscroft, A., Dellow, J., Brites, M. J., Jorge, A. and Catalão, D. 2018. RadioActive101-Learning through radio, learning for life: an international approach to the inclusion and non-formal learning of socially excluded young people. International Journal of Inclusive Education.
AuthorsRavenscroft, A., Dellow, J., Brites, M. J., Jorge, A. and Catalão, D.
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 partic-ipatory 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 recog-nition system for non-formal learning that maps EU Key Competences for Lifelong Learning to radio practic-es and activities that are recognised through electronic badges. Our final reflections emphasise that in order to support the non-formal learning of socially excluded young people we must foreground our attention to foster-ing psychosocial dimensions alongside developing contemporary competences.

JournalInternational Journal of Inclusive Education
ISSN1360-3116
Year2018
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13603116.2018.1503739
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2018.1503739
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Online09 Aug 2018
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Deposited07 Sep 2018
Accepted19 Jul 2018
Accepted19 Jul 2018
FunderNominet Trust
European Commission
Copyright informationThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Inclusive Education on 09/08/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13603116.2018.1503739.
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