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Lifelong Learning as Critical Action
International Perspectives on People, Politics, Policy, and Practice
In this era of economic uncertainty, there has been renewed interest in the benefits of adult and higher education for economic and professional gain. André P. Grace questions this perspective and advocates for a holistic view that also incorporates the social, cultural, and personal benefits of learning as a lifelong pursuit.
A detailed and thoughtful critique of the effects of neoliberalism and globalization on adult and higher education, this book examines the quality of lifelong learning in historical and contemporary contexts, with an emphasis on multivariate learner populations and education as a platform for social engagement, ethics, and justice. Weaving together academic analysis and first-person reflections, the author addresses the diverse needs of learners from Canada and around the world in a variety of social and economic situations.
An essential text for anyone interested in the development of lifelong-learning policy and practice, Lifelong Learning as Critical Action is a call to action that challenges readers to engage with lifelong learning as a critical, democratic, and inclusive process.Features:
- incorporates theoretical analyses, narrative vignettes, and first-person reflection to develop a compelling argument
- emphasizes multivariate learner populations and education as a platform for social engagement, ethics, and justice
- contains inclusive and holistic examples from Canada and around the world that situate the discussions in a real-life context
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of AcronymsIntroduction: Moving Beyond Omissions to Achieve Holistic, Proactive, and Inclusive Learning for All Chapter 1: Positioning Citizens, Situating Latter-Day Lifelong LearningChapter 2: Learners’ Quests to Live Full and Satisfying Lives Chapter 3: Lifelong Learning Chic in the Modern Practice of Adult Education: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Chapter 4: Lifelong Learning as a Chameleonic Concept and Versatile Practice: Recounting Y2K Perspectives and Trends Chapter 5: International Educational Policy-Making in a Neoliberal Change Culture of Crisis and Challenge Chapter 6: Transnational Travesties for Sexual Minorities as Subaltern Learners: An Exchange with Robert J. Hill Conclusion: Beyond the Vast Economic Debacle References About the AuthorIndex