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ERIC Number: EJ1062301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0266-0830
What's Missing When Empowerment Is a Purpose for Adult Literacies Education? Bourdieu, Gee and the Problem of Accounting for Power
Galloway, Sarah
Studies in the Education of Adults, v47 n1 p 49-63 Spr 2015
This writing critiques the idea that literacies education can and should empower adult learners. The ideas of Pierre Bourdieu and James Paul Gee are analysed with reference to how power and empowerment are understood and what this means for the concrete practice of adult literacies education by educators and students. My concern is that their understandings of an "empowering" education represent limited and limiting ways of discussing and practising education. While acknowledging that empowering literacies encompasses important aspects of education, it might be more useful to move away from the discourse of power towards wider understandings of an emancipatory education if students, educators and researchers are to continue to take responsibility for the purpose and repercussions of adult literacies education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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