Making Space / Edition 1

Making Space / Edition 1

by Vanessa Sheared
     
 

Representative of a wide range of adult education and lifelong learning frameworks and experiences, this book gives voice to emerging perspectives and offers thought-provoking critiques of established practices and accepted theories. Those in the adult education academy, as well as other voices often excluded from the discourse in adult education, offer critiques

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Representative of a wide range of adult education and lifelong learning frameworks and experiences, this book gives voice to emerging perspectives and offers thought-provoking critiques of established practices and accepted theories. Those in the adult education academy, as well as other voices often excluded from the discourse in adult education, offer critiques of the social, political, economic, and historical forms of hegemony in the discipline. They analyze the ways in which these hegemonic norms and practices have affected adult learning environments and the participation rates of varying groups and shed light on how adult education as a field of practice can marginalize individuals based on their ethnicity, race, gender, class, language, age, or sexual orientation. These critiques provide a powerful statement about silence, invisibility, and the marginalization of the other, and suggest that adult educators may complicitly, if not implicitly, marginalize adult learners.

This book will provide professors and students, adult literacy teachers, corporate trainers, community-based organizers, and others with alternative ways to think about adult education practice, adult learners, and the multiple, intersecting realities that influence the teaching/learning transaction. In so doing, this book provides practitioners and academicians with a forum to dialog about emerging theories and practices, and through the discourse they can begin to merge theories and practices through language that is accessible and inclusive.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897896016
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
IDeconstructing Exclusion and Inclusion in Adult Education1
1Opening the Gates: Reflections on Power, Hegemony, Language, and the Status Quo3
2Incorporating Postmodernist Perspectives into Adult Education15
3Challenging Adult Learning: A Feminist Perspective29
4Talking about Whiteness: "Adult Learning Principles" and the Invisible Norm42
5An Invisible Presence, Silenced Voices: African Americans in the Adult Education Professoriate57
IIHistory Revisited and Claimed71
6The African-American Market Woman: Her Past, Our Future73
7Creating an Intellectual Basis for Friendship: Practice and Politics in a White Women's Study Group89
8Northern Philanthropy's Ideological Influence on African-American Adult Education in the Rural South109
9Struggling to Learn, Learning to Struggle: Workers, Workplace Learning, and the Emergence of Human Resource Development124
10The Role of Adult Education in Workplace Ageism138
IIIClassrooms and Communities: Contexts, Questions, and Critiques153
11Communities in the Classroom: Critical Reflections on Adult Education in an Appalachian Community157
12Education, Incarceration, and the Marginalization of Women168
13Adult Basic Education: Equipped for the Future or for Failure?182
14Teaching as Political Practice195
IVCultural Infusion: Reflections on Identity and Practice209
15African-American Women of Inspiration213
16Through the Eyes of a Latina: Professional Women in Adult Education227
17By My Own Eyes: A Story of Learning and Culture242
18Using Queer Cultural Studies to Transgress Adult Educational Space257
19Feminist Perspectives on Adult Education: Constantly Shifting Identities in Constantly Changing Times271
VReconstructing the Field: Our Personal and Collective Identities287
20Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Confronting Who "We" Are289
21Technologies of Learning at Work: Disciplining the Self301
22The Political Economy of Adult Education: Implications for Practice314
23What Does Research, Resistance, and Inclusion Mean for Adult Education Practice? A Reflective Response326
Index337
About and Contributors355

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