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Social Work

On-line version ISSN 2312-7198
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NEL, Hanna. The evaluation of a training programme based on Paulo Freire's views on community practice: A South African example. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2014, vol.50, n.2, pp.193-217. ISSN 2312-7198.

A training programme in personal leadership, directed at facilitators of community practice, based on the principles and methods of Paulo Freire's approach, was applied and evaluated in an African context. The nature of the training programme was student centred, and implemented in a participatory consciousness-raising and experiential way. The purpose of this article is to report on the evaluation of the programme, which was conducted by means of an exploratory, descriptive and contextual strategy of inquiry pursued within a qualitative paradigm. Practice guidelines derived from the findings indicated the importance of facilitation methods that raise consciousness in the process of transformation.

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