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ERIC Number: EJ860559
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8040
An Educator's Dilemma
McCallion, Alison
Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, p60-73 2009
In this article, the author describes how to bring Paulo Freire (or his ideas) into a learning group that visits the Botanic Gardens as part of a horticultural course and how her experiences at an art exhibition on two different occasions (both in Ireland and Sweden) impacted on her work as a teacher. As a result of working with students and teaching them in the garden, engaging with them on different field trips and reflecting on these and her own personal expeditions, the author has developed a personal sense of connection with the world. In hindsight from re-examination of the academic subject and herself, she has learned that horticulture opens up many possible avenues of discussion with the students. In fact the subject is an opportunity to learn about the environment and the preservation of the world that is central to one's survival. The author stresses that through adult education there are opportunities for educators to take responsibility for their world and how they live and to convince others that they can do the same.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland; Sweden