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ERIC Number: EJ883783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
Critical Race Theory and Adult Education
Closson, Rosemary B.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v60 n3 p261-283 2010
Critical race theory (CRT) was developed to examine the persistence of racism. This literature review attempts to understand CRT as it has been applied in related fields such as higher education and possible reasons for its limited application in adult education theorizing about race and racism. This analysis of CRT is framed against a backdrop of the evolution of an adult education discourse on race and racism over several decades and distinguishes CRT from other racial theories that have been used in the field. CRT tenets are discussed using examples that demonstrate how CRT reveals areas of racism left untouched by other forms of theorizing. The author provides a critique of CRT, caveats for those adult educators who might choose to use it, and examples of areas within the field of adult education that might benefit from a CRT lens.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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