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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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Editorial Reviews

Twenty-nine specialists from the U.S., Canada, and Australia contribute to this text examining issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class and sexual orientation in adult education. Twenty-three chapters are organized around five main topics: deconstructing exclusion and inclusion in adult education; the function of adult learning within certain important social and historical movements and phenomena; adult basic education in community-based programs, prisons, federally-funded programs, and workplace settings; culture and its influence on learning processes, settings and outcomes; and the future of adult education, the implications of marginalization, empowerment, and opportunities and cautions for those in the field. For educators, graduate students, and policymakers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897896016
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 378
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

VANESSA SHEARED is Associate Dean in the College of Education at San Francisco State University, where she has been actively involved in working with both public, community based, and higher education programs.

PEGGY A. SISSEL was formerly an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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Table of Contents

I Deconstructing Exclusion and Inclusion in Adult Education 1
1 Opening the Gates: Reflections on Power, Hegemony, Language, and the Status Quo 3
2 Incorporating Postmodernist Perspectives into Adult Education 15
3 Challenging Adult Learning: A Feminist Perspective 29
4 Talking about Whiteness: "Adult Learning Principles" and the Invisible Norm 42
5 An Invisible Presence, Silenced Voices: African Americans in the Adult Education Professoriate 57
II History Revisited and Claimed 71
6 The African-American Market Woman: Her Past, Our Future 73
7 Creating an Intellectual Basis for Friendship: Practice and Politics in a White Women's Study Group 89
8 Northern Philanthropy's Ideological Influence on African-American Adult Education in the Rural South 109
9 Struggling to Learn, Learning to Struggle: Workers, Workplace Learning, and the Emergence of Human Resource Development 124
10 The Role of Adult Education in Workplace Ageism 138
III Classrooms and Communities: Contexts, Questions, and Critiques 153
11 Communities in the Classroom: Critical Reflections on Adult Education in an Appalachian Community 157
12 Education, Incarceration, and the Marginalization of Women 168
13 Adult Basic Education: Equipped for the Future or for Failure? 182
14 Teaching as Political Practice 195
IV Cultural Infusion: Reflections on Identity and Practice 209
15 African-American Women of Inspiration 213
16 Through the Eyes of a Latina: Professional Women in Adult Education 227
17 By My Own Eyes: A Story of Learning and Culture 242
18 Using Queer Cultural Studies to Transgress Adult Educational Space 257
19 Feminist Perspectives on Adult Education: Constantly Shifting Identities in Constantly Changing Times 271
V Reconstructing the Field: Our Personal and Collective Identities 287
20 Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Confronting Who "We" Are 289
21 Technologies of Learning at Work: Disciplining the Self 301
22 The Political Economy of Adult Education: Implications for Practice 314
23 What Does Research, Resistance, and Inclusion Mean for Adult Education Practice? A Reflective Response 326
Index 337
About and Contributors 355
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