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ERIC Number: EJ1143594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
Touching Community: The Risky and Impressive Work of an Experimental Community
Tavares, Hannah M.
Educational Perspectives, v48 n1-2 p55-62 2016
This essay describes the collaboration of the author with a community-based organization of women serving a predominantly, but not exclusively, immigrant and diasporic Filipino community in the county of Hawai'i to co-create an education project. It offers an analysis of two seemingly divergent communities and their presumably distinct practices and linguistic registers: social foundations expertise and the production of academic knowledge and practitioner expertise and community base organizing. With a focus on the processes, challenges, and risks of this collaboration, the author shows the formation of an experimental community in which a group of women with different professional backgrounds, skills, interests, and political outlooks came together to create an actionable project: a community education conference that addresses a pressing community issue and discuss the social knowledge that unfolded as a result. There are two aims of this essay. The first is to illustrate how theoretic-practice is enacted in a space that is deemed "non-academic." The second is to bring that non-academic space of learning into the network of pedagogical discursive practices. The author does this to encourage a broader view of education. This broader view proceeds from the belief that education cannot be confined to what happens in schools and classrooms but is a situated human activity embedded in everyday social life.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii
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