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ERIC Number: EJ778016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
University Extension and Social Change: Positioning a University of the People in Saskatchewan
McLean, Scott
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v58 n1 p3-21 2007
There are two predominant interpretations of the history of Canadian university extension. The "liberal or institutional" perspective argues that extension has been a means for universities to disseminate resources, foster progress in society, and meet the learning needs of individuals. The "critical or nostalgic" perspective claims that university extension once resisted dominant forms of power relations but now supports such relations. This article challenges these two interpretations through exploring the sociological concepts of subjection and modes of production and through presenting a historical case study of extension at one Canadian university. The article narrates the evolution of official claims made regarding extension at the University of Saskatchewan from 1908 to 2007 and argues that this evolution was influenced by changes to the mode of production in the province. This argument encourages adult educators with interests beyond university extension to reflect on their agency as scholars and practitioners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada