ERG SES D 08, Parallel Session D 08
This paper reports on research undertaken in three student community radios from Slovakia, Czech republic and Great Britain.It deals with learning dimension in student community radios in context of volunteer nonprofit leisure activities of university students.
Student radios are considered as an instrument for democracy and informal learning, because democracy is closely linked with education and media. Radios are participatory, community focused, the aim is to explore how production here generates informal learning.
Community radios brings inclusive learning environment for its participants. When young people invest their leisure time to the volunteer, civic activities without financial reward, they must have a deep sense of it, and it is important to research these activities.
Paper is build on empirical research which is supported with theories of community learning, workplace learning, communities of practice, service learning, citizenship education, I analyse the discourses and activities of student volunteers to reveal the ways in which their involvement leads to greater community engagement and understanding of social, civic and political processes.
Student radio is organization, small democracy, and
Main research question is: What are young people learning in student community radios?
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