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Learning with Adults

A Critical Pedagogical Introduction

  • Leona M. English
  • Peter Mayo

Part of the International Issues in Adult Education book series (ADUL, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
    1. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 1-6
  2. Contextualising Adult Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 9-19
    3. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 21-35
    4. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 37-41
  3. Contemporary Theoretical Perspectives on Adult Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 57-67
    3. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 69-73
  4. Contexts of Practice in Adult Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 77-93
    3. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 95-99
    4. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 101-107
    5. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 109-130
    6. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 131-141
    7. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 143-155
  5. Concerns in the Practice of Adult Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 159-167
    3. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 169-177
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      Pages 179-187
    5. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 189-196
    6. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 197-206
    7. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 207-213
    8. Leona M. English, Peter Mayo
      Pages 215-276
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 229-276

About this book

Introduction

This book is written at a time when our own field of adult education is under assault from a variety of capitalist and neoconservative forces pressuring us... to turn away from the causes of criticality, lifelong learning, and education for freedom. Rather than succumb to these pressures, we have hope that our long term goals of education for life and living can and will be accomplished alongside professional and vocational education. This book offers new insight into what is a very dark moment of our human civilization. From the preface by Dr Carlos Alberto Torres, Professor, GSEIS, Director, Paulo Freire Institute, University of California at Los Angeles The book offers decidedly critical and international perspectives on various aspects of adult education, especially on state, citizenship and neoliberal policies. Critical in both content and method, it is at the same time the part of the collective work needed to advance the Belém call to action by furthering awareness and capacity in the field of adult education. Dr Katarina Popovic, Professor,Universität Duisburg-Essen, University of Belgrade & DBB International, In the midst of diminishing resources and growing inequalities, English and Mayo provide an incisive and much needed critique of adult education in ways that highlight not only its historical and philosophical roots but also its major significance to the practice of democracy. In a direct challenge to the neoliberal accountability craze, Learning with Adults offers a rigorous political reading of the field—one that systematically challenges oppressive educational policies and practices, while affirming an emancipatory vision of civic engagement. Truly an informative treatise that sheds new light on the education of adults. Dr Antonia Darder Professor & Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair in Education Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles Leona English and Peter Mayo challenge hegemonic assumptions and ideas, while offering a constructive alternative based on the principle of working with learners and not just for them. Their analysis is accessible enough for newcomers to the field, while the authors’ wide-ranging coverage and radical approach provide refreshing and challenging messages for the most experienced adult educator. Up-to-date, genuinely international and passionately committed, Learning with Adults is a great book. Dr John Field, Professor,University of Stirling Cover design by Annemarie Mayo

Keywords

and education for freedom lifelong learning adult education

Authors and affiliations

  • Leona M. English
    • 1
  • Peter Mayo
    • 2
  1. 1.St. Francis Xavier UniversityCanada
  2. 2.University of MaltaMsidaMalta

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