ERIC Number: ED434211
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Discovering Radical Contingency: Building a Postmodern Agenda in Adult Education. Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education, Vol. 81.
Bagnall, Richard G.
This book examines the implications of postmodern culture for adult education through a review of modernist culture and education and a comparative account of modernist and postmodernist culture that is configured as a set of six tensions in three domains: belief (situatedness and ambiguity); individual identity (determination and control); and sociality (homogeneity and temporality). The tensions are used to explore the nature of educational practice and engagement in postmodernity from different perspectives: through dialogues with students regarding practice; through case studies of practice; as descriptive tendencies of engagement; and as nodal forms of pragmatic activity. Part One, Modernity and Modernist Adult Education, includes: The Modernist Inheritance 1: Thinking and Being in a Straightjacket; and The Modernist Inheritance 2: Denying Adult Education). Part Two, Postmodernity, discusses: Postmodernity 1: Seeing, Believing, and Being in a Fractured World; Postmodernity 2: Conversation and Hope in a Cultural Implosion; and Formal Tensions, Contingent Realities: Reconfiguring the Problematic. Part Three, Adult Education in Postmodernity, includes: Eternal Ambivalence: Learning in Postmodern Adult Education; Horsehair in the Undies: Adult Educator as a Boundary Rider; Odors in the Ether: Tendencies in Postmodern Adult Education; Fashioning Educative Difference: Nodal Forms of Engagement; Fanning the Flames: Research in Postmodern Adult Education; and The Situationally Sensitive Wayfarer: Being an Adult Educator in the Age of the Chameleon. The book contains 577 references and an index. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Comparative Analysis, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Principles, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Modernism, Postmodernism, Social Influences, Sociocultural Patterns, Teacher Student Relationship, Theory Practice Relationship, Trend Analysis, Vocational Education
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