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ERIC Number: EJ905797
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1939-4225
From the Sidelines to Center Stage: Opportunities to Discover Voice and Empowerment through Web 2.0 and New Media for LGBTQ Adult Learners
King, Kathleen P.
New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development, v23 n3 p55-64 Sum 2009
While many adult learners may feel hesitant to voice their opinions in a classroom, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) adults are especially aware that they are functioning in a critical, heteronormative society. However, in a climate of respect and safety they can gain confidence in sharing their true selves and opinions. An additional means of accomplishing this goal is through Web 2.0 technologies. This essay describes how LGBTQ communities have used podcasting to gain voice and empowerment on a mass scale and how lessons learned form this experience can be utilized in our adult learning classrooms. Web 2.0 new media is a vibrant opportunity to change classroom spectators to vital participants, content creators, and empowered adults. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A