Narrative Perspectives on Adult Education: New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education

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This volume presents a variety of perspectives on the role ofnarrative in adult learning and explores how those perspectives canbe translated into practice. Interest in narrative among adulteducators has been a continuing strand of our professional dialoguefor some time, and it continues to grow as we become increasinglyappreciative of the multifaceted views of adult learning that arerevealed through the narrative lens. The range of narrativeapplications, implications, and perspectives in adult education ...

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Overview

This volume presents a variety of perspectives on the role ofnarrative in adult learning and explores how those perspectives canbe translated into practice. Interest in narrative among adulteducators has been a continuing strand of our professional dialoguefor some time, and it continues to grow as we become increasinglyappreciative of the multifaceted views of adult learning that arerevealed through the narrative lens. The range of narrativeapplications, implications, and perspectives in adult education ispractically limitless. The perspectives included in thissourcebook, while not an exhaustive review, do convey something ofthe rich variety and scope a narrative approach offers adultlearning.

This is the 126th volume of the Jossey-Bass higher educationquarterly report series New Directions for Adult andContinuing Education. Noted for its depth of coverage,New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education isan indispensable series that explores issues of common interest toinstructors, administrators, counselors, and policymakers in abroad range of adult and continuing education settings, such ascolleges and universities, extension programs, businesses,libraries, and museums.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Notes M. Carolyn Clark Clark, M. Carolyn 1

1 Narrative Learning: Its Contours and Its Possibilities M. Carolyn Clark Clark, M. Carolyn 3

2 Summoning the Past: Autobiography as a "Movement Toward Possibility" Irene E. Karpiak Karpiak, Irene E. 13

3 Storywork: Autobiographical Learning in Later Life William Randall Randall, William 25

4 Digital Storytelling: A New Player on the Narrative Field Penny A. Garcia Garcia, Penny A. 37

5 Narratives from Popular Culture: Critical Implications for Adult Education Robin Redmon Wright Wright, Robin Redmon 49

6 Composing Narratives and Opening Spaces---Exploring Intercultural and Gender Themes Through Dialogue Carol Smith Witherell Witherell, Carol Smith 63

7 Learning in the Dimension of Otherness: A Tool for Insight and Empowerment Juanita Johnson-Bailey Johnson-Bailey, Juanita 77

8 Editors' Conclusion M. Carolyn Clark Clark, M. Carolyn 89

Index 93

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