ERIC Number: ED442307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Civic Participation and Community Action Sourcebook: A Resource for Adult Educators.
Nash, Andy, Ed.
This guide is a combination of very up-to-date English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) standards and curricula text and a radical, community organization and action guidebook. The guide's aim is to help people learn English so that they can participate actively in American democracy and to assert their rights and extract a larger share of power and resources from government and society as a whole. The book asserts that one of the primary purposes, historically, of adult education has been to prepare people for participation in a democracy. This might include English and civics lessons for newcomers who wanted citizenship, or literacy for emancipated slaves who faced literacy requirements erected to keep them from voting. In these situations, the vote has represented a powerful symbol of liberation and inclusion. An argument is made for more direct forms of political action and participation than voting. The ultimate aim is to present a range of tools that can help readers examine their own beliefs about community, citizenship, and democracy, to identify and analyze issues that concern them, and build skills and strategies to take informed action--in brief, to become an agent rather than a recipient of change. The book is divided into five sections: "Finding Connections to Communities and Issues"; "Holding Decision-Makers Accountable"; "Building a Community By Helping Others"; "Expressing Ourselves and Educating Others"; and "Organizing for Change." Extensive resources and references, print and Internet, and nine appendices are provided. (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education) (KFT)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation, Inc., Boston, MA.
Authoring Institution: World Education, Inc., Boston, MA. New England Literacy Resource Center.