In defense of the lifeworld : critical perspectives on adult learning / edited by Michael R. Welton.

Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1995.
v, 258 pages ; 24 cm


Summary note
  • In Defense of the Lifeworld brings together five important critical commentaries on the state of the discipline and practice of adult education in North America. Jack Mezirow, Michael Collins, Mechthild Hart, Michael Welton, and Donovan Plumb draw on critical theory, feminism, and postmodernism. They examine the historical emergence of critical learning theory, the psycho-cultural dimensions of transformative learning theory, the vocation of the adult educator in our immoral times, the need to radically rethink the meaning of work and learning, the contribution of Habermas to the development of a new social learning paradigm, and the provocative challenge from postmodernist discourses to the critical adult education project.
  • This innovative text contends that the human lifeworld (where we learn what life means, what binds us together, and what constitutes an autonomous personality) is deeply threatened in our late twentieth century world. Consequently, the task of the critical adult educator is to preserve and extend forms of communicative action through reflection, dialogue, and critique.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-249) and index.
  • Introduction / Michael R. Welton
  • Ch. 1. The Critical Turn in Adult Education Theory / Michael R. Welton
  • Ch. 2. Transformation Theory of Adult Learning / Jack Mezirow
  • Ch. 3. Critical Commentaries on the Role of the Adult Educator: From Self-Directed Learning to Postmodernist Sensibilities / Michael Collins
  • Ch. 4. Motherwork: A Radical Proposal to Rethink Work and Education / Mechthild Hart
  • Ch. 5. In Defense of the Lifeworld: A Habermasian Approach to Adult Learning / Michael R. Welton
  • Ch. 6. Declining Opportunities: Adult Education, Culture, and Postmodernity / Donovan Plumb
  • Conclusion: Dialogue, Encounters, and Debates.
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