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ERIC Number: EJ837400
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1740-2743
Gatekeepers: The Role of Adult Education Practitioners and Programs in Social Control
Greene, David
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v5 n2 Nov 2007
There is an urgent need to build a movement for adult education in the United States. Tens of thousands more classes are needed to enable democratic participation in the economy and society. This dramatic expansion of adult education and literacy should be aimed at the development of critical consciousness and civic participation of over ninety million potential students. Adult students and potential students who are aware of the world and actively involved can transform their communities and society. Adult education teachers and programs can serve the liberation of adult students or they can be society's gatekeepers, to control and domesticate them. This gatekeeping is manifested in the unequal treatment based on race, gender and nationality, but its foundation rests on the class relationships in this society. This article discusses the role of adult education practitioners and programs in social control. It describes work experience with teachers and programs in New York City and begins to look at the detrimental role of social control in adult education. (Contains 20 notes.)
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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: New York