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Learning Circles

Learning circles are a cooperative teaching and learning method that draws on personal stories and experiences to find creative solutions to community issues and concerns. By emphasizing personal experience over professional know-how, learning circles depend on open dialogue and careful listening. Coming together to explore a common problem or questions, participants in learning circles work closely over the course of two days (or longer) to challenge and develop each other's skills and understandings.

Educators for Community Engagement have embraced the learning circle model at their annual National Gathering and their regional work throughout the year. They offer certification training for learning circle facilitators, and provide tools and resources for learning circle facilitators on their website.


Contact Educators for Community Engagement if you would be interested in being trained or getting some experience facilitating learning circles.


Learning Circles originated with Myles Horton and the Highlander Research and Education Center.

Resource Link: www.e4ce.org/LearningCircles/LearningCircles.htm

Educators for Community Engagement, c/o Arthur Keene


Anthropology Department, University of Mass – Amherst, 215 Machmer Hall




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