Planning Responsibly for Adult Education: A Guide to Negotiating Power and Interests / Edition 1

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This book goes beyond the standard focus on the technical skills of "how to" and explains the key challenges of planning in the real world of conflicting interests and power relations. Ronald M. Cervero and Arthur L. Wilson reveal planning as a social activity and show that successful planners must be sensitive to the complexities of actual planning practice. They also show how political knowledge and negotiating skill, coupled with an ethical vision, are essential to responsible planning for the education of adults. In detailed case examples drawn from different types of organizational settings—including corporations, institutions, and community organizations—the authors illustrate how all educational programs are ultimately constructed through the negotiation of interests among key stakeholders. They explore the ways in which program planners can anticipate how the existing power relations are likely to support or constrain a democratic planning process—and then respond in ways to foster such a process. Throughout the book, the authors reinforce an essential truth: theories do not plan programs—people do.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555426286
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/1/1994
  • Series: Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: 1st
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

RONALD M. CERVERO is professor in the Department of Adult Education at the University of Georgia. His book Effective Continuing Education for Professionals (Jossey-Bass, 1988) received both the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education and the Frandson Award for Literature in the Field of Adult Education. ARTHUR L. WILSON is assistant professor of adult and community education in the Department of Educational Leadership at Ball State University. He is a consulting editor for Adult Education Quarterly and Adult Basic Education.

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Table of Contents


1. Practical and Political Dimensions of Planning.

2. Planning as a Process of Negotiating Interests.


3. Fixing an Organization Through Management Education.

4. Updating Practitioners in University Continuing Education.

5. Promoting Social Change in Community-Based Education.


6. To Plan Responsibly, Be Political.

7. Represent Interests Democratically.

8. Develop Skills and Knowledge to Negotiate Responsibly.

9. Understand Planning as a Social Practice.

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