Global Issues and Adult Education: Perspectives from Latin America, Southern Africa and the United States / Edition 1

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Global Issues and Adult Education shows how adult education can be used to support the positive outcomes of globalization that lead to greater good and to thwart the outcomes that produce negative consequences. The contributors discuss the importance of grassroots activism and adult education in changing the status of marginalized groups. They also reveal how adult education can address critical health crises such as the lack of a clean, safe, and natural environment and the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. In addition, the book is filled with compelling examples from southern Africa, Latin America, and the United States that clearly demonstrate the use of popular education for community empowerment. The concluding chapters stress the importance of lifelong learning in terms of policy development, access, technology, and distance, experiential, and workplace learning.

This vital collection of work on issues confronting our world will be a critical guide for educators of adults regardless of their field or focus.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book then comes as a welcome and timely respond to prevailing attitudes." (Adult Education Quarterly, November 2007)

"Very highly recommended" (Bookwatch, May 2006)

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Meet the Author

Bradley C. Courtenay is professor of adult education at the University of Georgia. He is coeditor of the journal Adult Education Quarterly, and results of his research have been published in Adult Education Quarterly, International Journal of Lifelong Education, and Journal of Adult Development.

Ronald M. Cervero is professor and head of the department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy at the University of Georgia. He is the coauthor of Working the Planning Table, Planning Responsibly for Adult Education, and Power in Practice, all from Jossey-Bass.

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Gail McClure).


The Editors.

The Contributors.


1. Adult Education and Social Transformation (Zelda Groener).

2. Adult Education and the Empowerment of the Individual in a Global Society (Cecilia Amaluisa Fiallos).

3. Development of Educators in Relation to Globalization in Latin America (Juan José Madrigal Goerne).

4. Globalization and the Future of Critical Adult Education (John D. Holst).

5. In the Belly of the Beast: Globalization and Adult Education in the United States (Fred M. Schied).

6. Adult Education and the Mass Media in the Age of Globalization (Talmadge C. Guy).

7. Framing a Critical Discourse on Globalization (Daniel V. Folkman).


8. Is Adult Education an Agent for Change or Instrument of the Status Quo? (Vivian W. Mott).

9. Race, Politics, and Economic Self-Sufficiency in a Culture of Welfare Reform (Mary V. Alfred).

10. Women Facing Internal Armed Conflict: The Challenge for Adult Education (Mónica Arboleda Giraldo).

11. Using Visual Methods to Bring People to the Center (Doria Daniels).

12.Women’s Learning and Development in the Workplace (Laura L. Bierema).

13. Mainstreaming Marginalized Populations Through Adult Education Programs: The Herdboys in Lesotho (Mantina V. Mohasi).

14. Disability as an Issue of Marginalization (Tonette S. Rocco).

15. The Intersection of Education, Hegemony, and Marginalization Within the Academy (Vanessa Sheared).

16. Breaking Down Barriers: Challenging the Hegemony of Privileged Positionalities (Lisa M. Baumgartner).


17. The Role of the Church in Combating HIV/AIDS (Irene Ellen Chadibe).

18.Western and Indigenous African Knowledge Systems Affecting Gender and HIV/AIDS Prevention in Botswana (Peggy Gabo Ntseane).

19. Aligning Health Promotion and Adult Education for Healthier Communities (Barbara J. Daley).

20. “He Hits Me and My World Shatters. . . .”: How Could Adult Education Possibly Make a Difference Here? (M. Carolyn Clark).

21. The Greening of the Adult Education Academy (Edward W. Taylor).

22. Environmental Adult Education: Producing Polychromatic Spaces for a Sustainable World (Robert J. Hill).

23. Adult Education on the Environmental Margin: A Call for Action (Barbara McDonald).


24. Adult Education and Social Capital: Supporting Communities in the Context of HIV/AIDS (Gillian Attwood).

25. Transformative Learning: A Community Empowerment Conduit for African American Women (Juanita Johnson-Bailey).

26. Adult Education for Community Empowerment: Toward the Possibility of Another World (Rita María Ceballos).

27. Noninstrumental Objectives for Contemporary Popular Education (Julián Alberto González).

28. Adult Literacy Education and Empowerment in Africa: Problems and Prospects (Tonic Maruatona).

29. Literacy as a Human Right: Research and Policies (Vera Masagão Ribeiro).

30. Improving the Effectiveness of Volunteers in Community-Based Adult Literacy Education (Alisa Belzer).


31. Radical Mutuality and Self-Other Relationship in Adult Education (Marsha Rossiter).

32. Low-Income Adult Learners in Higher Education: Politics, Policies, and Praxis (Catherine A. Hansman).

33. Research in Popular and Adult Education in Latin America (Mercedes Ruiz).

34.Ways of Organizing Knowledge for Teaching in Youth and Adult Education (María del Carmen Lorenzatti).

35. Building a Learning Community for Parents and Directors of Educational Establishments in Chile (Javier Corvalán).

36. Popular Education and Lifelong Learning: An Integrative Approach to Poverty, Development, and Change (Peter G. Malvicini).

37. Challenges in Setting up Systems for Assessing Prior Experiential Learning in Higher Distance Education (Rita Kizito).

38. The Role of “Learning-Committed Leaders” in Lifelong Learning (Andrea D. Ellinger).


39. The Role of Adult Education in Addressing Global Issues (Sharan B. Merriam, Bradley C. Courtenay, Ronald M. Cervero).

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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