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ERIC Number: EJ905790
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1939-4225
Funneling toward Authenticity: A Response to "Intimacy and Ethical Behavior in Adult Education"
Callahan, Jamie L.
New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development, v23 n2 p34-38 Spr 2009
In his article, "Intimacy and Ethical Action in Adult Education," Donovan Plumb (2009) suggests a pathway for adult educators to achieve the type of world that Gunter (1996) envisions. Plumb argues that the personal qualities that enable people to have fulfilling (sexually) intimate relationships are also those that enable ethical action on the part of adult educators. On the one hand, his choice of strategy (sexual intimacy) for creating a more honoring, accepting, equitable, and loving learning experience is intriguing because it shocks readers (presumably mostly other adult educators) out of their comfort zones of what is considered "acceptable" to discuss as educators of adults and as members of organizations. Yet, on the other hand, Plumb (implicitly) reinforces some of the very social constructions he seeks to throw off. In this response, the author explores these two aspects of Plumb's work and suggests an alternative framing of intimacy and ethical action for adult educators. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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