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ERIC Number: EJ758768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0010-8146
The North American Alliance for Popular and Adult Education and the Movement of Movements
Olds, Larry
Convergence, v38 n2 p29-41 2005
The North American Alliance for Popular and Adult Education (NAAPE) was a 21-year attempt to create a "civil society" organisation--an alliance--to connect North American adult and popular educators with each other, and also to be part of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), the main transnational non-governmental organisation for adult education. The NAAPAE sought to build connections both within North America and between North America and the popular education and adult learning networks that existed all over the world. For 21 years, 1982 to 2003, the author was involved in either the efforts to create the alliance or in the alliance itself. He was deeply involved with both the initial attempts to create the NAAPAE and with the events of the "renewal" attempt in the late 1990s, and assumed the communications co-ordinator role during the NAAPAE's last few years. The NAAPAE's founders sought to represent all adult and popular education in North America, but in reality the organisation was committed to popular education, not to the broad and multi-variant practices and sites of adult learning. The preamble makes this focus clear. In this article, the author discusses the roots and definitions of popular education and concludes with his reflections on the failures of NAAPAE.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North America