Power in Practice: Adult Education and the Struggle for Knowledge and Power in Society / Edition 1by Ronald M. Cervero, Arthur L. Wilson
This book asks a significant question at a critical time: Who should benefit from adult education? As adult education moves closer to the center of the struggle for knowledge and power in society, thoughtful educators know that they can no longer focus solely on the needs of learners without responsibly addressing the political and ethical consequences of their… See more details below
This book asks a significant question at a critical time: Who should benefit from adult education? As adult education moves closer to the center of the struggle for knowledge and power in society, thoughtful educators know that they can no longer focus solely on the needs of learners without responsibly addressing the political and ethical consequences of their work.Above all, Power in Practice examines how power relationships in the wider society are manifested in the distinct programs, practices, and policies of adult education. Throughout the book, there is a rich array of real-world cases that highlight the pivotal role of adult educators as "knowledge and power brokers" in the conflict between learners and the social forces surrounding them. The authors discuss how to teach responsibly, develop effective adult education programs, and provide exemplary leadership in complex political contexts, including the workplace and higher education.Educators in the middle of power struggles will learn how to become more politically aware while actively shaping their enterprises to meet important social needs. In exploring how power works in the practice of adult education, Power in Practice offers numerous insights and strategies for making adult education more socially responsible and democratic.
Table of Contents
1. At the Heart of Practice: The Struggle for Knowledge and Power (Ronald M. Cervero & Arthur L. Wilson).
Part I: Adult Education and Work.
2. The Power of Economic Globalization: Deskilling Immigrant Women Through Training (Shahrzad Mojab).
3. Silent Power: HRD and the Management of Learning in the Workplace (Fred M. Schied, et al.).
4. The Power of Discourse: Defining Work-Related Learning in the "Learning Age" (Elaine Butler).
5. The Power of the State: Connecting Lifelong Learning Policy and Educational Practice (Kjell Rubenson).
Part II: Adult Education in Colleges and Universities.
6. The Politics of Globalization: Transformative Practice in Adult Education Graduate Programs (Budd L. Hall).
7. The Power of Race and Gender: Black Women's Struggle and Survival in Higher Education (Juanita Johnson-Bailey).
8. The Politics of Positionality: Teaching for Social Change in Higher Education (Elizabeth J. Tisdell).
9. Transforming Boundaries of Power in the Classroom: Learning from La Mestiza (Mechthild Hart).
Part III: Technologies of Practice in Adult Education.
10. The Politics of Access and Communication: Using Distance Learning Technologies (Nod Miller).
11. A Political Analysis of Discussion Groups: Can the Circle Be Unbroken? (Stephen Brookfield).
12. The Politics of Place: Producing Power and Identity in Continuing Education (Arthur L. Wilson).
13. Solidarity and Power in Urban Gay Communities: Planning HIV Prevention Education (Kimberly B. Sessions & Ronald M. Cervero).
14. Power in Practice: A New Foundation for Adult Education (Arthur L. Wilson & Ronald M. Cervero).
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