Power in Practice: Adult Education and the Struggle for Knowledge and Power in Society / Edition 1

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"This book will be the single most important contribution to our field's knowledge base in the past two decades. The authors have managed to shift the focus of adult education back to the social concerns that were taken for granted when the field was founded. We are ready for this long overdue book. Indeed, we have been yearning for this book. It will tilt our field back towards its moral center."—B. Allan Quigley, chair, Department of Adult Education, St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia "Cervero and Wilson have done us a great service. Until now, the debate on power in adult education has been disparate and sporadic. In this book, Cervero and Wilson set about putting this right. They have invited leading writers in the field to examine theory and practice in terms of power. They have not asked them to abandon their own particular passions but to revisit them, analyze them, and take their thinking further. And they have asked them to locate their thinking and rethinking in descriptions of practice. Power in Practice is a wonderful book-full of case studies, updated theories, new perspectives, and evidence that adult education can and does change people's lives."—Michael Newman, senior lecturer in adult education, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia"This is a must read book for practitioners and professors. The authors have clearly and provocatively reconceptualized our field of practice: power and privilege can no longer be ignored. The adult educator is on the 'hot seat' for the decisions made; facilitators are no longer benign, objective professionals executing their prescribed roles. Each of us must own up to our choices of who will and who will not profit from the programs we plan or administer."—Phyllis Cunningham, distinguished teaching professor, Northern Illinois University

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Editorial Reviews

Contributors written by professors of education and history, as well as adult education program directors and community developers, discuss efforts to promote social or economic change through the mechanisms of adult education. Focusing on the connections between power, politics, and practice in the field, contributions address adult education and work, adult education in colleges and universities, and technologies of practice in adult education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787947293
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/27/2000
  • Series: Higher and Adult Education Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,052,498
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

RONALD M. CERVERO is professor in the Department of Adult Education at the University of Georgia. He is coauthor of Planning Responsibly for Adult Education (Jossey-Bass, 1994) and author of numerous articles on the politics of adult education, program planning, and continuing education for the professions. ARTHUR L. WILSON is associate professor in the Department of Education at Cornell University. He is coauthor of Planning Responsibly for Adult Education (Jossey-Bass, 1994) and coeditor of the Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education (Jossey-Bass, 2000) and Adult Education Quarterly.

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Table of Contents

The Authors
1 At the Heart of Practice: The Struggle for Knowledge and Power 1
2 The Power of Economic Globalization: Deskilling Immigrant Women Through Training 23
3 Silent Power: HRD and the Management of Learning in the Workplace 42
4 The Power of Discourse: Work-Related Learning in the "Learning Age" 60
5 The Power of the State: Connecting Lifelong Learning Policy and Educational Practice 83
6 The Politics of Globalization: Transformative Practice in Adult Education Graduate Programs 107
7 The Power of Race and Gender: Black Women's Struggle and Survival in Higher Education 126
8 The Politics of Positionality: Teaching for Social Change in Higher Education 145
9 Transforming Boundaries of Power in the Classroom: Learning From La Mestiza 164
10 The Politics of Access and Communication: Using Distance Learning Technologies 187
11 A Political Analysis of Discussion Groups: Can the Circle Be Unbroken? 206
12 The Politics of Place: Producing Power and Identity in Continuing Education 226
13 Solidarity and Power in Urban Gay Communities: Planning HIV Prevention Education 247
14 Power in Practice: A New Foundation for Adult Education 267
Name Index 289
Subject Index 295
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