This paper approaches the relationship between exclusion and social education. It aims at bringing out elements that lead to discuss reality and conceptions of social exclusion/inclusion and social education to dis-close the ideologies and interests that inform them. It develops the hypothesis that some kind of dispute between contradictory social and educational projects have resulted in strategies to fight exclusion and promote inclusion that are based on social education practices, as a response to the public social policies claimed by children and young people at risk. Problemizing these concepts - exclusion and social education - may bring some contributions to the formulation of public education policies.
Exclusion; Social education; Social movements; Work and education