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ERIC Number: EJ913244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2891
"Blues Is Easy to Play but Hard to Feel" (Jimi Hendrix)
Yanow, Wendy
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n128 p91-95 Win 2010
In the United States there is such incredible complacency about both the meaning of democracy and America's position as the great democratic nation that there is very little, if any, public debate on what is meant by democracy and what responsibilities Americans bear as a democratic nation. In response to the editors' growing recognition of the limits of the collective understanding of the substance of democracy, the focus of this text has included an exploration of the meaning of democracy and a drawing of the connection between democratic practice and adult education. At its core, one might conclude that the practice of democracy is the practice of adult education. That the process requires inclusive and thoughtful participation suggests a need for critical engagement. And critical engagement enacted through discussion suggests the presentation of multiple perspectives and supported arguments, the results of which often reflect a depth of understanding that can emerge from critical analysis of lived experience. In this chapter, the author reflects on some of the insights gained by the editors over these past months as they discussed the struggle for democracy and shared governance in the many spaces they refer to as adult education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States