Researching and Transforming Adult Learning and Communities

The Local/Global Context

  • Rob Evans
  • Ewa Kurantowicz
  • Emilio Lucio-Villegas

Part of the Research on the Education and Learning of Adults book series (ESRE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
    1. Rob Evans, Ewa Kurantowicz, Emilio Lucio-Villegas
      Pages 1-12
  2. The Bigger Picture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Budd L. Hall
      Pages 15-26
    3. Emilio Lucio-Villegas, António Fragoso
      Pages 27-38
    4. Anna Bilon, Ewa Kurantowicz
      Pages 53-60
  3. Adult Learning and Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Pyollim Hong, Jim Crowther
      Pages 63-81
    3. Chris Parson
      Pages 83-96
    4. Adrianna Nizińska
      Pages 97-103
    5. Isabel Gomes, Alcides A. Monteiro
      Pages 105-118
    6. Özlem Ünlühisarcikli
      Pages 131-140
  4. Learning in Social Movements and Social Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. António Fragoso, Edmée Ollagnier
      Pages 143-153
    3. Onur Seçkin
      Pages 187-197

About this book


Can adult education and learning be understood without reference to community and people’s daily lives? The response to be found in the chapters of this volume say emphatically no, they cannot. Adult learning can be best understood if we look at the social life of people in communities, and this book is an attempt to recover this view.

The chapters of this volume reflect ongoing research in the field of adult education and learning in and with communities. At the same time the work of the authors presented here offers a very vital reflection of the work of the ESREA research network Between Local and Global – Adult Learning and Communities. The chapters showcase the broad range of professional practice, the variety in both methodology and theoretical background, as well as the impressive scope of field research experience the authors bring to bear in their papers.

The first section provides the broad view of research into adult learning and community development emphasising how social movements are at the heart of local and global change and that they are critically important sources of power. The second section focuses in on the practice of educators/mediators working in local and regional contexts in which the tensions of the wider policy and discourse environment impact on adult learners. The third section privileges the view at the close level of research inside local communities in the field.

International researchers and practitioners, particularly young researchers, who are active in adult learning and in local/global communities will be interested in this book. The emphasis of the chapters is on participatory and emancipatory social research. Empowerment of women in rural communities, involvement of communities in social and environmental movements, power-sharing in community research projects and the exposure of hegemonic, globalising forces at work in ethnic communities are among the themes developed in this volume.


Adult learning Local communities Social movements Community learning Learner identity

Editors and affiliations

  • Rob Evans
    • 1
  • Ewa Kurantowicz
    • 2
  • Emilio Lucio-Villegas
    • 3
  1. 1.University of MagdeburgGermany
  2. 2.University of Lower SilesiaWroclawPoland
  3. 3.University of SevilleSpain

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-358-2
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