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ERIC Number: EJ940284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1468-1366
Biographies, Class and Learning: The Experiences of Adult Learners
Merrill, Barbara
Pedagogy, Culture and Society, v12 n1 p73-94 2004
Adult education in the United Kingdom is historically associated with working-class movements in the nineteenth century. In recent years, however, with the popularity of postmodernism, social class has become a neglected concept among sociologists and adult educators. Wider participation strategies have increased the number of adult students returning to education, many from the working class. This article focuses on the biographies of working-class learners to illustrate the continued centrality of class and class inequalities in the lives of adult learners. Biographies reveal how class inequalities constrain learning in many ways, making it a risk; however, through the use of agency education can also be transformative. Adult educators need to listen to the voices of working-class adult learners and challenge the structures, policy and practices in their institutions in order to improve the learning experiences as well as to reassert class in academic debates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom