Promoting Critical Practice in Adult Education: New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education / Edition 1

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Offering theoretical and practical knowledge to help critical adult educators in their attempts to enact critical pedagogy in their own classroom, this volume explores critical theory, feminism, critical postmodernism, Africentrism, queer theory, and cultural studies. Picking up on the themes first raised by Elizabeth Ellsworth, critical theory and classic critical pedagogy do not get a particularly easy ride. None of the authors claims that critical approaches are a simple solution to the tangles of late modernity. In every case the authors see critical pedagogy as complex, insightful, challenging, limited, and difficult to put into practice. But in every case, they see critical perspectives as offering the hope and potential of a more just world.

The idea that critical perspectives on teaching are difficult to enact in the classroom is not new. And what do we mean by critical perspectives anyway? In this volume some of the most exciting scholars in adult education—whether established or emerging—provide insights into what it means to be critical and how it affects the concrete practices of teaching adults.

This is the 102nd issue of the quarterly higher education report New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education.

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Table of Contents

Editors' notes 1
1 Blundering toward critical pedagogy : true tales from the adult literacy classroom 5
2 Class and teaching 15
3 Consumerism, consumption, and a critical consumer education for adults 25
4 Teaching with the enemy : critical adult education in the academy 35
5 Toward a postmodern pedagogy 45
6 Challenges to the classroom authority of women of color 55
7 Africentric philosophy : a remedy for eurocentric dominance 65
8 Breaking the cult of rationality : mindful awareness of emotion in the critical theory classroom 75
9 Activism as practice : some queer considerations 85
10 Using critical personal narratives : a poststructural perspective on practice 95
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