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ERIC Number: EJ914947
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1045-1595
Finding the Worker: Adult Education and Workers' Education
Rose, Amy D.; Jeris, Laurel H.
Adult Learning, v22 n1 p28-31 Win 2011
This article looks at how administrators and teachers who consider themselves adult educators but who find themselves in a union environment come to think about their role and their context. This article is based on research conducted with administrators and teachers working in a joint union-employer sponsored program. Joint programs were developed in the steel industry to help steelworkers with the transition out of the steel industry. These career development programs (CDPs) grew out of the devastating retrenchment and downsizing of the steel industry beginning in the 1980s. Funded by both the unions and employers, they provided career and technical educational opportunities, classes to brush up on basic skills, and other classes that were more recreational. In addition, they made agreements with local colleges to offer on-site college programs and, in at least one case, a graduate degree. In short, these CDPs combined elements of a continuing education program with the career function of a career services program. These programs used a wide variety of teachers from many disciplines. They also utilized some full-time teachers and administrators who had an overview of the needs of the students and of the program. However, the CDPs tend to defy a straightforward characterization in part due to their funding structure (combination of company and worker contribution), how each center is managed and operated, highly individualized approaches to assessing and advising the steelworker clients, and the many types of educational programs they offer. This article is a result of the authors' broader study of these CDPs. Over several years, they have interviewed a number of teachers in the CDPs, observed classes, talked with steelworkers, attended the annual conferences of the CDPs, and participated in several action research projects to gain a nuanced understanding of the identity development of adult educators in the CDPs; and their views on the varied purposes of adult education. In this article, the authors look more closely at adult educators' views of the steelworkers as members of a union and as workers. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A