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ERIC Number: EJ907234
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8040
The Role of Spirituality in Irish Adult Education in Culturally Responsive Teaching
Tisdell, Elizabeth J.
Adult Learner: The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education, p91-104 2010
Spirituality, religion, and culture are complicated subjects. Indeed, they are fundamental socialising forces that affect how adult learners make meaning in the world. While there has been considerable discussion of the spiritual and religious dimensions of adult learning in North America and to some extent in England, there has been little direct discussion of such dimensions in Irish adult education. This is interesting, given the history of religious conflict in Ireland as well as Ireland's increasing religious, spiritual, and cultural diversity due in part to the Celtic Tiger that has affected social inclusion issues in lifelong education efforts. The new immigrants to Ireland, with their own unique religious and cultural histories have clearly affected the cultural landscape of Ireland. Thus, the purpose of this article is to examine why it is important for Irish adult educators to consider the spiritual, religious and cultural dimensions of adult learning, and to some extent, how to draw on it in practice. In so doing, the author will draw on her former research dealing with the intersection of spirituality and culture among US adult educators, and her initial research efforts into religion and spirituality in an Irish adult education context, as well as her own recent experience of Ireland while on sabbatical as a US adult education professor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland