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ERIC Number: EJ1028704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1939-4225
Bridging the Gap between Human Resource Development and Adult Education: Part Two, the Critical Turn
Hatcher, Tim; Bowles, Tuere
New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development, v26 n1 p1-12 Win 2014
Human resource development (HRD) as a scholarly endeavor and as a practice is often criticized in the adult education (AE) literature and by AE scholars as manipulative and oppressive and, through training and other interventions, controlling workers for strictly economic ends (Baptiste, 2001; Cunningham, 2004; Schied, 2001; Welton, 1995). The reasons for this disapproving perspective are numerous and include HRD's primary conceptual foundations as being performative and based on human capital theory that tends to situate humans within the rubric of expendable resources. Additional support for this critique comes from an assumption that HRD as a whole is embedded within a rational/functional paradigm that tends to support "any means to profit" over democratic treatment of people in the workplace. Similarly, although less vocal and antagonistic, HRD scholars have been critical of AE's "academic" and "theoretical" elitism versus the pragmatic and socially responsive practice of AE. [Reprinted with the permission of the author and publisher: Hatcher, T., & Bowles, T. (2006). Bridging the Gap between Human Resource Development and Adult Education: Part Two, the Critical Turn. "New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development," v20 n3 p5-18 Sum 2006, EJ983779. (For part 1, see EJ983776.)]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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