Global Perspectives on Adult Education

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This collection brings together adult education theorists and practitioners from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (and diaspora from these regions) in an attempt to foreground issues, concepts, theories and practices of adult education in Southern locations. Key contributions include contemporary theoretical implications of the works of Nyerere, Freire, Confucious, Mao, Buddhism and African indigenous conceptions along with current discussion pertaining to globalization, citizenship and adult education and learning in subaltern social movements. Case studies from all regions address context-specific grounding of these theoretical and conceptual discussions, while addressingi higher education, community, movement and NGO/civil society spaces of engagement.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Abdi and Kapoor's new collection represents a milestone in adult education. It contains a critical re-thinking of the field by an outstanding array of scholars, mostly from the global South. Conceptual chapters and case studies from around the world offer rich insights and analyses that make it indispensable reading for adult educators and those from allied fields like comparative and international education and human resource development.”--Steven J. Klees, Professor, University of Maryland; Past President, Comparative and International Education Society

This collection combines a strong theoretical framework with specific case studies that are country/region based within the global south. Abdi and Kapoor have a novel approach that emphasizes themes such as adult/popular education, indigenous knowledges, development, and social justice from scholar-activists who have developed theories/methodologies/pedagogies that are inherently southern in their perspective. These essays act as a nexus for theory and practice in the study of adult education. An original contribution to the field.”--Steven Jordan, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230607958
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 284
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ali A. Abdi is Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta. His academic articles have appeared in scholarly journals such as Comparative Education, Compare: A Journal of Comparative Education, McGill Journal of Education, Journal of Black Studies, Journal of Educational Thought, International Education and Journal of Postcolonial Education. Abdi is the author of several books and co-edited collections, including Education and Development in South Africa (2002), Politics of Difference: Canadian Perspectives (2004), Issues in African Education: Sociological Perspectives (Palgrave MacMillan, 2005), African Education and Globalization: Critical Perspectives (2006) and Educating for Human Rights and Global Citizenship (2008).

Dip Kapoor is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta. His articles have been published in journals such as Convergence, Adult Education & Development, New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, Development in Practice, Journal of Postcolonial Education, and guest edited a special collection, “International Perspectives on Education and Decolonization,” of International Education (37, 1, Fall 2007). Kapoor has contributed to the edited collections: Contexts of Adult Education: Canadian Perspectives (2006); and Global Perspectives on Environmental Adult Education (2004).

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Table of Contents

Global Perspectives on Adult Education--Ali A. Abdi & Dip Kapoor
• Globalization and Adult Education in the South--Edward Shizha & Ali A. Abdi
• Indigenous African Knowledges--Ladislaus Semali
• Mwalimu's Mission: Julius Nyerere (Adult) Educator and Philosopher of Community Development--Christine Mhina & Ali A. Abdi
• Globalization, Dispossession and Subaltern Social Movement Learning--Dip Kapoor
• Paulo Freire and Adult Education--Peter Mayo
• Freire and Popular Education in Indonesia: INSIST and the Indonesian Volunteers for Social Transformation (Involvement) Program--Agus Nuryatno
• Nonformal Education, Economic Growth and Development: Challenges for Rural Buddhists in Bangladesh--Bijoy Barua
• East Meets West, Dewey Meets Confucious and Mao: A Philosophical Analysis of Adult Education in China--Shibao Guo
• The Role of Continuing Education in Zimbabwe--Michael Kariwo
• Popular Education and Organized Response to Gold Mining in Ghana--Valerie Kwaipun
• Popular Education, Hegemony, and Street Children in Brazil: Towards an Ethnographic Praxis--Samuel Veissiere & Marcelo Diversi
• Citizens Educating Themselves: The Case of Argentina in the Post-Economic Collapse Era--Luis D'Elia
• Freirian Analysis of the Process of Conscientization in the Argentinian Madres Movement--Charlotte Baltodano
• Adult Education and Development in the Caribbean--Jean Walrond

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