Leading Democratically in Adult Education

Overview

Adult education in the United States has its roots in democracy. The editors and contributors of this volume build on that historical relationship and examine an adult education practice that not only shapes minds, but also seeks to build communities of collaborative action. We explore best practices shared in and informed decision making within different contexts of adult education—in the community, the classroom, and the university—by focusing on various aspects of our work as...

See more details below
Paperback
$27.27
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$29.00 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $18.75   
  • New (3) from $18.75   
  • Used (14) from $21.82   
Sending request ...

Overview

Adult education in the United States has its roots in democracy. The editors and contributors of this volume build on that historical relationship and examine an adult education practice that not only shapes minds, but also seeks to build communities of collaborative action. We explore best practices shared in and informed decision making within different contexts of adult education—in the community, the classroom, and the university—by focusing on various aspects of our work as adult education practitioners.

Early in the twentieth century, adult education was often described as a "movement," a spontaneous emergence of study circles, town hall meetings, and learning groups, all engaged in better understanding their world to build a better one democractically. Education in its broadest sense—learning to name the world—was at the center of that movement.

At the same time, and at the opposite end of the spectrum, were those who made the leap from lifelong learning to lifelong schooling. Collapse of the almost-movement was inevitable. Educators in the workplace and in formal institutions of learning sought to shape minds, rather than free them. Consequently, adult education grew up alongside a practice that devalued learning for democratic action and stressed adaptation to the workplace, corporate America, and a consumer economy.

Perhaps nostalgia is a lingering desire to return to a past that never was, but many adult educators, including the authors represented in this volume, have been attempting to reclaim their birthright—a critical but steadfast commitment to building democracy.

This is the 128th volume of the Jossey-Bass higher education quarterly report series New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. Noted for its depth of coverage, New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education is an indispensable series that explores issues of common interest to instructors, administrators, counselors, and policymakers in a broad range of adult and continuing education settings, such as colleges and universities, extension programs, businesses, libraries, and museums.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Table of Contents

EDITORS’ NOTES (Dianne Ramdeholl, Tania Giordani, Thomas Heaney, Wendy Yanow).

1. Leading Democratically (Stephen Brookfield).
This chapter explores the attributes of a democratic leadership that carefully attends to the extraordinary knowledge of ordinary people and to the voices of those most affected by the decisions the leader must make.

2. Democracy Is in the Details: Small Writing Groups. Prefiguring a New Society (Janise Hurtig, Hal Adams).
This chapter describes the role of popular educators in creating educational spaces in which members of oppressed groups are able to give voice to their experiences—spaces that are fundamentally democratic and dialogic.

3. “Everybody Had a Piece . . .”: Collaborative Practice and Shared Decision Making at the Open Book (John Gordon, Dianne Ramdeholl).
Through retelling the story of an adult literacy program in New York— the Open Book—the authors describe the possibilities for establishing and sustaining democratic communities in the context of today’s literacy programs.

4. Radically Democratic Learning in the Grounded In-Between (Mechthild Hart).
The author asks us to consider what happens when capitalist and global markets have rendered democratic institutions both dangerous and predatory and how can we counter these socioeconomic forces in our democratic relations with each other and with nature.

5. Productive and Participatory: Basic Education for High-Performing and Actively Engaged Workers (Paul Jurmo).
This chapter describes the barriers to democracy in the workplace, while challenging workplace educators to develop programs that contribute to organizational efficiency and enable workers to attain high levels of control and responsibility.

6. Race, Power, and Democracy in the Graduate Classroom (Dianne Ramdeholl, Tania Giordani, Thomas Heaney, Wendy Yanow).
Three graduates and one faculty member reflect critically on their experience in an adult education doctoral program that placed democratic practice at the forefront of its curriculum.

7. Democracy, Shared Governance, and the University (Thomas Heaney).
This chapter examines the possibility and potential for the democratic practice of shared governance in a major venue of adult education— the academy.

8. Democracy and Program Planning (Arthur L. Wilson, Ronald M. Cervero).
This chapter recounts the ambiguities of extending the practice of democratic program planning to academic leadership and decision making in the administration of departments and programs in the university.

9. “Blues Is Easy to Play But Hard to Feel” (Jimi Hendrix) (Wendy Yanow).
In reflecting on the various experiences of authors in this book, this final chapter concludes that democracy is messy and complex, but nonetheless a project that adult educators have a responsibility to move forward.

Index.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)