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School and community: A comparative analysis of community-based educational experiences improving children’s lives in five countries in Latin America

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The recent dynamics of development in Latin American countries reflect the confluence of the political, economic, social and cultural situation of these countries. According to the Economic Commission of Latin America CEPAL (2005) 44% of the Latin American population is living in poverty. In this context, local associations and nongovernmental organizations have played a major role in assisting the poor by providing locally-based responses to the needs of different groups. This paper will analyze the experiences of nine community-based organizations working in partnership with formal schools in five countries in Latin America. This study began with the premise that a collaborative work between schools and community-based organizations contributes to break the gap between school knowledge and context reality. Schools that contextualize learning tasks within the culture of the community produce meaningful and content- negotiated learning. Schools, then, can be constructed as instances for the redefinition and social reconstruction of the local cultures. By applying a cross-case analytic framework this study explores how community-based organizations and schools can trigger processes to improve the education and the quality of life of poor communities. The selected experiences were characterized by an active participation of grassroots organizations in the educational development of their contexts. We identify critical areas that link the work of community-based development with schoolwork and challenges confronted by these experiences. We also explore the ways in which community-based organizations contribute to school improvement in terms of children’s learning and socialization processes.
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Guerrero, Alba. and Herrera, Jose. "School and community: A comparative analysis of community-based educational experiences improving children’s lives in five countries in Latin America" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486406_index.html>

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Guerrero, A. L. and Herrera, J. D. , 2011-04-30 "School and community: A comparative analysis of community-based educational experiences improving children’s lives in five countries in Latin America" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p486406_index.html

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The recent dynamics of development in Latin American countries reflect the confluence of the political, economic, social and cultural situation of these countries. According to the Economic Commission of Latin America CEPAL (2005) 44% of the Latin American population is living in poverty. In this context, local associations and nongovernmental organizations have played a major role in assisting the poor by providing locally-based responses to the needs of different groups. This paper will analyze the experiences of nine community-based organizations working in partnership with formal schools in five countries in Latin America. This study began with the premise that a collaborative work between schools and community-based organizations contributes to break the gap between school knowledge and context reality. Schools that contextualize learning tasks within the culture of the community produce meaningful and content- negotiated learning. Schools, then, can be constructed as instances for the redefinition and social reconstruction of the local cultures. By applying a cross-case analytic framework this study explores how community-based organizations and schools can trigger processes to improve the education and the quality of life of poor communities. The selected experiences were characterized by an active participation of grassroots organizations in the educational development of their contexts. We identify critical areas that link the work of community-based development with schoolwork and challenges confronted by these experiences. We also explore the ways in which community-based organizations contribute to school improvement in terms of children’s learning and socialization processes.


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