The Modern Practice of Adult Education: A Postmodern Critique / Edition 1by Derek Briton
Pub. Date: 07/03/1996
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Briton challenges the dominant depoliticized vision of adult education, calling into question the modernist tenets and moral integrity of contemporary adult education/i>
Critiques the modernist tenets and moral integrity of contemporary adult education practice. Challenges educators to reconceptualize adult education as a postmodern pedagogy of engagement.
Briton challenges the dominant depoliticized vision of adult education, calling into question the modernist tenets and moral integrity of contemporary adult education practice. By examining his own struggle to escape the confines of modernist thought, the author delivers a succinct yet decisive critique of modern educational practice and challenges educators to reconceptualize their field of endeavor as a postmodern pedagogy of engagement.
In refusing to deny its conjectural foundations, to mask its tenuous structure, or to defend its precarious integrity, the book assumes a form that distinguishes it markedly from its modernist counterparts. In favoring commentary over empirical evidence, a multiplicity of voices over a prescriptive narrative, the development of an ethical attitude toward practice over formulaic prescriptions for practice, and inter-over intra-disciplinary sources to substantiate its claims, this work calls into question a whole range of modernist predilections. By repeatedly breaching the narrowly prescribed parameters of adult education’s orthodoxy and constantly promoting reflective inquiry, this book reveals how different, yet equally valid, forms of evidence can be drawn upon to develop an ethical postmodern perspective that calls the modern instrumental practice of adult education into question.
- State University of New York Press
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- SUNY Series, Teacher Empowerment and School Reform Series
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- 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)
Table of ContentsPreface
1. Engaging the Question of Adult Education
2. The Fear of Falling into Error
3. Facing the Dilemma
4. Enlightenment and Modernity
5. Choosing a Research Paradigm
6. Toward a Postmodern Pedagogy of Engagement in Adult Education
Postscript: Living through the Question of Adult Education
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