The modern practice of adult education : a postmodern critique / Derek Briton.

Author
Briton, Derek, 1953- [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
Albany : State University of New York Press, ©1996.
Description
xv, 156 pages ; 24 cm

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Series
  • Teacher empowerment and school reform [More in this series]
  • SUNY series, teacher empowerment and school reform
Summary note
  • Briton challenges the dominant depoliticized vision of adult education, calling into question the modernist tenets and moral integrity of contemporary adult education practice. By examining his own struggle to escape the confines of modernist thought, the author delivers a succinct yet decisive critique of modern educational practice and challenges educators to reconceptualize their field of endeavor as a postmodern pedagogy of engagement. In refusing to deny its.
  • Conjectural foundations, to mask its tenuous structure, or to defend its precarious integrity, the book assumes a form that distinguishes it markedly from its modernist counterparts. In favoring commentary over empirical evidence, a multiplicity of voices over a prescriptive narrative, the development of an ethical attitude toward practice over formulaic prescriptions for practice, and inter- over intra-disciplinary sources to substantiate its claims, this work calls.
  • Into question a whole range of modernist predilections. By repeatedly breaching the narrowly prescribed parameters of adult education's orthodoxy and constantly promoting reflective inquiry, this book reveals how different, yet equally valid, forms of evidence can be drawn upon to develop an ethical postmodern perspective that calls the modern instrumental practice of adult education into question.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 133-148) and index.
Contents
  • Ch. 1. Engaging the Question of Adult Education
  • Ch. 2. The Fear of Falling into Error
  • Ch. 3. Facing the Dilemma
  • Ch. 4. Enlightenment and Modernity
  • Ch. 5. Choosing a Research Paradigm
  • Ch. 6. Toward a Postmodern Pedagogy of Engagement in Adult Education
  • Postscript: Living through the Question of Adult Education.
ISBN
  • 079143026X ((pb ; : alk. paper))
  • 9780791430262 ((pb ; : alk. paper))
  • 0791430251 ((ch ; : alk. paper))
  • 9780791430255 ((ch ; : alk. paper))
  • 0585042683
  • 9780585042688
LCCN
95038597
OCLC
33041733
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