Learning Trajectories Violence and Empowerment amongst Adult Basic Skills Learners

Author: Vicky Duckworth
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134089392
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Learning Trajectories, Violence and Empowerment amongst Adult Basic Skills Learners offers deep insights into the lives of marginalised communities and the link between learning, literacy and violence, not previously carried out in-depth in a small scale study. It breaks the negative stereo-types of adults who struggle to read and write, who are often labelled and stigmatised by dominant discourses, and in doing so exposes why and how Basic Skills Learners often find themselves in marginal positions. The structural inequalities many face from childhood to adulthood across the private and public domains of their lives are revealed and probed, thus challenging neo-liberalism claims of an apparently egalitarian social field. The learners’ narratives expose the contradiction, complexities and ambivalences they experience in their daily lives, and how they try to make sense of them from their structural positioning as basic skills learners in a society based on inequality of opportunity and choice. Applying a feminist, qualitative, longitudinal, ethnographic and participatory approach, the book offers a critical perspective, drawing on Bourdieu’s work as the theoretical framework, as well as using a range of feminist, sociologists of education, literature on the ethics of care and critical literacy pedagogy, including the New Literacy Studies. The author’s personal position as an ’insider’ with ‘insider knowledge’ of marginalised communities is also woven throughout the chapters and offers insights into the struggles, conformity and resistance faced by the participants in the study. The book contributes to the debate on the impact of violence on learning and its link to class, gender and basic skills as well opening up a discussion on the power of a critical curriculum to empower people across the domains of their lives. It will be valuable reading for trainee teachers, teachers, education and sociology students, postgraduate students, as well as literacy specialists, researchers, academics, policy makers and managers of public services.

UNESCO s Utopia of Lifelong Learning

Author: Maren Elfert
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315278111
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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With a focus on lifelong learning, this book examines the shifts that UNESCO’s educational concepts have undergone in reaction to historical pressures and dilemmas since the founding of the organization in 1945. The tensions between UNESCO’s humanistic worldview and the pressures placed on the organization have forced UNESCO to depart from its utopian vision of lifelong learning, while still claiming continuity. Elfert interprets the history of lifelong learning in UNESCO as part of a much bigger story of a struggle of ideologies between a humanistic-emancipatory and an economistic-technocratic worldview. With a close study of UNESCO’s two education flagship reports, the Faure and Delors reports, Elfert sheds light on the global impact of UNESCO’s professed humanistic goals and its shifting influence on lifelong learning around the world.

Adult Education and the Formation of Citizens

Author: Andreas Fejes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351111337
Format: PDF, ePub
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Adult Education and the Formation of Citizens turns attention towards normative claims about who adults should become through education, and what capacities and skills adults need to develop to become included in society as ‘full’ citizens. Through these debates, adults are construed as not yet citizens, despite already being citizens in a formal sense; this book problematises such regimes of truth and their related notions of the possibilities and impossibilities of adult education and citizenship. Drawing on empirical examples from the two main adult education institutions in Sweden, folk high schools and municipal adult education, it argues that, through current regimes of truth, these institutions become spaces for the re-shaping of the "abnormal" citizen. The book suggests that only certain futures of citizenship and its educational provision are made possible, while other futures are ignored or even made impossible to imagine. Offering a unique focus on critically problematising the role of adult education in relation to the fostering and shaping of citizens, the book addresses the important contemporary challenges of the role of adult education in a time of migration. Adult Education and the Formation of Citizens will be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the fields of adult education, lifelong learning and education.

How Non Permanent Workers Learn and Develop

Author: Helen Bound
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351593749
Format: PDF
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How Non-Permanent Workers Learn and Develop is an empirically based exploration of the challenges and opportunities non-permanent workers face in accessing quality work, learning, developing occupational identities and striving for sustainable working lives. Based on a study of 100 non-permanent workers in Singapore, it offers a model to guide thinking about workers’ learning and development in terms of an ‘integrated practice’ of craft, entrepreneurial and personal learning-to-learn skills. The book considers how strategies for continuing education and training can better fit with the realities of non-permanent work. Through its use of case studies, the book exams the significance of non-permanent work and its rise as a global phenomenon. It considers the reality of being a non-permanent worker and reactions to learning opportunities for these individuals. The book draws these aspects together to present a conceptual frame of ‘integrated practices’, challenging educational institutions and training providers to design and deliver learning and the enacted curriculum not as separate pieces of a puzzle, but as an integrated whole. With conclusions that have wider salience for public policy responses to the rise of non-permanent work, this book will be of great interest to academics and researchers in the fields of adult education, educational policy and lifelong learning.

Lernort Gemeinde

Author: Annette Mörchen
Publisher: W. Bertelsmann Verlag
ISBN: 3763938974
Format: PDF, ePub
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Der Band stellt ein Konzept werte- und sozialraumorientierter Bildung vor, das Bürger in politischen und kirchlichen Gemeinden anregt, im Alltag neue Lernorte (Bank, Kunstatelier etc.) zu erschließen. Die Schlüsselfrage "Was ist mir etwas wert und was ist es mir wert?" lässt sie Visionen eines zukunftsfähigen Lebens in der Gemeinde entwickeln und wird zum Motor für selbstbestimmtes freiwilliges Engagement, das als Impulsgeber für die (Weiter-) Entwicklung von Gestaltungskompetenz wirkt. Lernort Gemeinde ist ein Beitrag zur UN-Dekade "Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung". Der Band orientiert sich an Partizipation und Selbstbestimmung und lädt zur Entdeckung und Gestaltung von "Möglichkeitsräumen" für Lernen und Handeln von Bürgern, Gemeinden und Weiterbildungsinstitutionen ein. Das Konzept wurde von einem bundesweit orientierten Netzwerk aus sieben Bildungseinrichtungen entwickelt und regt die Erwachsenenbildung an, das eigene Rollenprofil zu erweitern und eine lokale Bewegung für zukunftsfähige Lebensbedingungen in der Gemeinde anzustoßen bzw. zu begleiten. (VLB).