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ERIC Number: EJ913238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2891
Democracy Is in the Details: Small Writing Groups Prefiguring a New Society
Hurtig, Janise; Adams, Hal
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n128 p15-25 Win 2010
The purpose of this chapter is to explore the intersection of three facets of the Community Writing Project's (CWP) small writing workshops that are at the core of its democratic practice: (1) legitimating the experiences and stories of ordinary people as expressions of their cultural work in the world; (2) fostering a mutual relationship of the individual and the group; and (3) the transitional process by which the role of educator is increasingly assumed by the group, such that learning and teaching occur as a free exchange of ideas. In these ways popular education leaps from being a humanistic, progressive approach to education to providing a vision, however modest, of an egalitarian world. Drawing on examples from adult writing groups the authors have taught in marginalized communities in Chicago and Minneapolis, they present an egalitarian approach to teaching and learning that promotes democracy and eliminates hierarchical roles and relationships in classrooms and other educational settings. They conclude the chapter by reflecting on some of the challenges that they have faced in their efforts to create democratic educational spaces within writing workshops.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois