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The Power Of Critical Theory For Adult Learning And Teaching

Author : Stephen Brookfield
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Genre : Adult education
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This major contribution to the literature on adult education provides adult educators with an accessible overview of critical theory's central ideas.

The Power Of Critical Theory For Adult Learning And Teaching

Author : Stephen Brookfield
ISBN : 0335211321
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“Stephen Brookfield disturbs and enriches the entire field of adult learning with this brilliant piece of teaching.†Robert Kegan, Harvard University, USA. “Simplifying without eroding the complexity of critical theory, Brookfield traverses the grand themes of ideology, power, alienation, liberation, reason and democracy; showing how they inform the adult education practice of fostering critical thinking and critical reflection.†Mark Tennant, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. “I learned more from this book than from dozens of other adult education publications… This book is sure to become a major reference text in the field.†Elizabeth Hayes, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. “…A lucid, accessible overview of how critical theory (with its daunting vocabularies and internal debates) illuminates the contexts of adult learning and orients teaching practices.†Michael Welton, Mount St. Vincent University, Canada. “This is a sophisticated and comprehensive treatment of the power of Socratic questioning of dogmas and a prophetic witness against the conservative status quo …a must read for all seriously engaged teachers.†Cornel West, Princeton University, USA This major contribution to the literature on adult education provides adult educators with an accessible overview of critical theory’s central ideas. Using many direct quotes from the theorists’ works, Brookfield shows how critical theory illuminates the everyday practices of adult educators and helps them make sense of the dilemmas, contradictions and frustrations they experience in their work. Drawing widely on central texts in critical theory, Brookfield argues that a critical theory of adult learning must focus on understanding how adults learn to challenge ideology, contest hegemony, unmask power, overcome alienation, learn liberation, reclaim reason and practice democracy. These tasks form the focus of successive chapters, while later chapters review the central contentions of critical theory through the contemporary lenses of race and gender. The final chapter reviews adult educational practices and looks at what it means to teach critically. Essential reading for anyone teaching, working in, studying or researching adult education.

The Power Of Critical Theory For Adult Learning And Teaching

Author : Stephen Brookfield
ISBN : 033521133X
Genre : Adult education
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â¬SStephen Brookfield disturbs and enriches the entire field of adult learning with this brilliant piece of teaching.⬠Robert Kegan, Harvard University, USA. â¬SSimplifying without eroding the complexity of critical theory, Brookfield traverses the grand themes of ideology, power, alienation, liberation, reason and democracy; showing how they inform the adult education practice of fostering critical thinking and critical reflection.⬠Mark Tennant, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.â¬SI learned more from this book than from dozens of other adult education publications⬦ This book is sure to become a major reference text in the field.⬠Elizabeth Hayes, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. â¬S⬦A lucid, accessible overview of how critical theory (with its daunting vocabularies and internal debates) illuminates the contexts of adult learning and orients teaching practices.⬠Michael Welton, Mount St. Vincent University, Canada.â¬SThis is a sophisticated and comprehensive treatment of the power of Socratic questioning of dogmas and a prophetic witness against the conservative status quo ⬦a must read for all seriously engaged teachers.⬠Cornel West, Princeton University, USAThis major contribution to the literature on adult education provides adult educators with an accessible overview of critical theoryâ¬"s central ideas. Using many direct quotes from the theoristsâ¬" works, Brookfield shows how critical theory can illuminate the everyday practices of adult educators and help them make some sense of the dilemmas, contradictions and frustrations they experience in their work.Drawing on Max Horkheimerâ¬"s classic essay on critical theory, Brookfield argues that a critical theory of adult learning must focus on understanding how adults learn to challenge ideology, contest hegemony, unmask power, overcome alienation, learn liberation, reclaim reason and practice democracy. These tasks form the focus of successive chapters, while later chapters review the central contentions of critical theory through the contemporary lenses of race and gender. The final chapter reviews adult educational practices and looks at what it means to teach critically. Essential reading for anyone teaching, working in, studying or researching adult education.

Radicalizing Learning

Author : Stephen D. Brookfield
ISBN : 9780787998257
Genre : Education
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From acclaimed teaching experts Brookfield and Holst, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the practices and ideas that combine to create an understanding and facilitation of adult learning. It includes information on what adult learning is and how it can best be facilitated. Written from the perspective of the central roots of adult education (as a movement that helps adults learn what it means to participate fully in a genuine political and economic democracy) the book explores the areas of adult learning, training, teaching, facilitation, program development, and research.

Understanding And Promoting Transformative Learning

Author : Patricia Cranton
ISBN : 9781620364147
Genre : Education
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The third edition of Patricia Cranton’s Understanding and Promoting Transformative Learning brings a wealth of new insight from the tremendous growth in the field during the decade since the previous edition. As in the previous editions, the book helps adult educators understand what transformative learning is, distinguish it from other forms of learning, and foster it in their practice. The first part of the book is dedicated to clarifying transformative learning theory and relating it to other theoretical frameworks. The author examines transformative learning from the learner’s perspective, and discusses individual differences in how learners go through the process. In the second half of the book, the focus is squarely on strategies for promoting transformative learning in a wide variety of adult and higher education contexts. Practitioners will be able to take ideas from the text and apply them directly in their teaching. Since 1975, transformative learning has become a core theoretical perspective in adult and higher education, and research has proliferated. In the past decade, adult education and especially transformative learning grew into a noticeably larger field. The numbers of undergraduate and graduate programs in adult education have increased and continue to increase as more and more individuals are seeking the expertise, skills, and training necessary to work with adult learners in higher education, business, industry, government, health professions, non-profit organizations, and community development. In addition, the number of programs in higher education (both undergraduate and graduate) that include courses in transformative learning has grown dramatically. These academic audiences use the book to further their understanding of transformative learning theory and practice. Drawing on the latest research as well as the author’s own teaching experience in both online and face-to-face courses, this new edition will be a vital resource for members of the transformative learning community, as well as those encountering the topic for the first time.

Learning As Transformation

Author : Jack Mezirow
ISBN : UOM:39015050302515
Genre : Education
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"Provocative and illuminating, this book is a must read for adult educators seeking to understand and facilitate transformational learning. It showcases a stellar group of authors who not only engage each other and the reader in constructive discourse, but who also model the heart of the transformational learning process." --Sharan B. Merriam, Department of Adult Education, University of Georgia This volume continues the landmark work begun by Jack Mezirow over twenty years ago--revealing the impact of transformative learning on the theory and practice of adult education. Top scholars and practitioners review the core principles of transformation theory, analyze the process of transformative learning, describe different types of learning and learners, suggest key conditions for socially responsible learning, explore group and organizational learning, and present revelations from the latest research. They also share real-world examples drawn from their own experiences and assess the evolution of transformative learning in practice and philosophy. Learning as Transformation presents an intimate portrait of a powerful learning concept and invites educators, researchers, and scholars to consider the implications of transformative learning in their own professional work.

Understanding And Facilitating Adult Learning

Author : Brookfield, Stephen
ISBN : 9780335152261
Genre : Education
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This book provides a critical examination of the myths surrounding adult education and its practice.

Critical Pedagogies Of Consumption

Author : Jennifer A. Sandlin
ISBN : 9781135237103
Genre : Education
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"Utopian in theme and implication, this book shows how the practices of critical, interpretive inquiry can help change the world in positive ways.... This is the promise, the hope, and the agenda that is offered."--Norman K. Denzin, From the Foreword "Its focus on learning, education and pedagogy gives this book a particular relevance and significance in contemporary cultural studies. Its impressive authors, thoughtful structuring, wide range of perspectives, attention to matters of educational policy and practice, and suggestions for transformative pedagogy all provide for a compelling and significant volume."--H. Svi Shapiro, University of North Carolina–Greensboro Distinguished international scholars from a wide range of disciplines (including curriculum studies, foundations of education, adult education, higher education, and consumer education) come together in this book to explore consumption and its relation to learning, identity development, and education. Readers will learn about a variety of ways in which learning and education intersect with consumption. This volume is unique within the literature of education in its examination of educational sites – both formal and informal – where learners and teachers are resisting consumerism and enacting a critical pedagogy of consumption.

Engaging Imagination

Author : Al James
ISBN : 9781118409473
Genre : Education
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How to nurture creativity in tomorrow’s innovators—today’s college students When asked what they want colleges to emphasize most, employers didn’t put science, computing, math, or business management first. According to AAC&U’s 2013 employer survey, 95% of employers give hiring preference to college graduates with skills that will enable them to contribute to innovation in the workplace. In Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers, two leading educators help college instructors across disciplines engage students in nurturing creativity and innovation for success beyond the classroom. Alison James, an expert in creative arts education, and Stephen D. Brookfield, bestselling author, outline how creative exploration can extend students’ reflective capabilities in a purposeful way, help them understand their own potential and learning more clearly, and imbue students with the freedom to generate and explore new questions. This book: shows why building creative skills pays dividends in the classroom and in students’ professional lives long after graduation; offers research-based, classroom-tested approaches to cultivating creativity and innovation in the college setting; provides practical tools for incorporating “play” into the college curriculum; draws on recent advances in the corporate sector where creative approaches have been adopted to reinvigorate thinking and problem-solving processes; and includes examples from a variety of disciplines and settings. Engaging Imagination is for college and university faculty who need to prepare students for the real challenges of tomorrow’s workplace.

Learning In Adulthood

Author : Sharan B. Merriam
ISBN : 9780470229224
Genre : Education
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In this updated landmark book, the authors have gathered the seminal work and most current thinking on adult learning into one volume. Learning in Adulthood addresses a wide range of topics including: Who are adult learners? How do adults learn? Why are adults involved in learning activities? How does the social context shape the learning that adults are engaged in? How does aging affect learning ability?

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