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ERIC Number: EJ951314
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
Centering Marxist-Feminist Theory in Adult Learning
Carpenter, Sara
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v62 n1 p19-35 Feb 2012
Using feminist extensions of Marxist theory, this article argues that a Marxist-feminist theory of adult learning offers a significant contribution to feminist pedagogical debates concerning the nature of experience and learning. From this theoretical perspective, the individual and the social are understood to exist in a mutually determining relationship, with a social world conceptualized as active human practice. The primary theoretical task is then to rearticulate the central relations of adult learning theory (the individual, the social, and experience), which necessitates a dialectical formation of social difference and oppression. This allows for an examination of the reification of experience as a core relation of adult learning theory and a reimagining of feminist praxis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Basic Education; Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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