ERIC Number: ED472071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
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On the Problems of Violence and Civility: Rethinking Transformative Powers of Adult Education.
The nature of violence and civility were explored from sociological and philosophical perspectives to contextualize violence and civility in terms of their implications for the theory and practice of adult education. The exploration focused on the following topics: (1) the nature of violence and civility and their relevance to contemporary realities; (2) the nature of violence in relation to the problem of good and evil; and (3) the question of whether the "axis of evil" is myth or reality. The terrorism of September 11th was deemed a form of violence that, although illegitimate, was justifiable by those who committed it for the purpose of interrupting civil order in the United States. It was argued that our best hope for counteracting the evil that led to the violence of the September 11th attacks lies in working to transform life through active participation in a civil society. Adult education was seen as a vehicle for nurturing transformation of life by actively engaging individuals in thinking and acting according to constructive powers of reason. Adult educators were urged to think and act wisely and to exercise their transformative powers. (14 references) (MN)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Adult Education, Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Change Agents, Citizenship, Educational Practices, Educational Theories, Learning Theories, Literature Reviews, Philosophy, Position Papers, Role of Education, Sociology, Teacher Role, Theory Practice Relationship, Transformative Learning, Values, Violence
Adult and Community College Education, Box 7801, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7801 ($30). For full text: http://www.ncsu.edu/ced/acce/aerc/start.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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