Adult Education in Communities

Approaches from a Participatory Perspective

  • Emilio Lucio-Villegas

Part of the International Issues in Adult Education book series (ADUL, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Emilio Lucio-Villegas
    Pages 1-24
  3. Emilio Lucio-Villegas
    Pages 25-48
  4. Emilio Lucio-Villegas
    Pages 49-65
  5. Emilio Lucio-Villegas
    Pages 67-92
  6. Emilio Lucio-Villegas
    Pages 93-109
  7. Emilio Lucio-Villegas
    Pages 111-124
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 125-139

About this book


Participation can be a double-edged sword in that it can be used to bind people into agendas and policies they have little control over or it can help enable them to give voice to real and significant issues. Drawing on the work of Raymond Williams, genuine participation has to be an open and democratic process which enables all to contribute to the creation of meanings. Adult education in communities can then be involved in the process of creating ‘really useful knowledge’, that is, knowledge which enables people – individuals and collectivities who experience systematic forms of oppression, domination and exploitation – to think about, analyse and act on their situation individually and severally. By drawing on contemporary accounts of emancipatory action and participatory research the author elaborates on the role of adult educators in this context. (From the Preface)
This book tries to reflect on adult education and its close relationships with communities. It is a modest attempt to maintain adult education in the scope of the community life against the growing schooling, the focus on employability, and on the labour market. In the last years it seems that adult education has become a kind of provider of diplomas, skills and competences and has forgotten its role to enlighten individuals and help them to share their community life with an abundance of richness, diversity, sadness and happiness.
Adult Education is intrinsically connected to daily life, and the life that individuals constantly edify in their interactions. If adult education is connected to daily life, one of the major tasks is to recover this feeling and to link daily life and education. I think that at present time, in a moment of intense reductionism, reality is usually presented as very plain, losing its complexity and diversity that are related to the fact that life is being lived everyday by men and women as creators and relational beings.


Adult Educator Citizenship Emancipation Participation Participatory Research

Authors and affiliations

  • Emilio Lucio-Villegas
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SevilleSpain

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