Commitment, Educative Action and Adults: Learning Programmes With a Social Purpose by Denis O'Sullivan

Commitment, Educative Action and Adults: Learning Programmes With a Social Purpose Author: Denis O'Sullivan
eBook Title: Commitment, Educative Action and Adults: Learning Programmes With a Social Purpose
ISBN10: 1856282929
ISBN13: 978-1856282925
Language: English
Publisher: Avebury (October 1, 1993)
Category: Education & Teaching
Subcategory: Higher & Continuing Education
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Adult learning programmes with a social purpose are the subject of the book. A variety of learning projects which seek to reconstruct society in terms of egalitarian, feminist, religious, pacifist and environmentalist principles, among others, are considered. The focus is on the subjectivity of the participants and on the extent to which their individuality and personal autonomy is respected as socially-committed learning programmes pursue their objectives. This involves a consideration of how programmes declare their objectives, the epistemic and psychological nature of the change they aspire to, the manner in which they legitimate themselves, the associative character of the learning relationships they cultivate and the strategies by which they cope with dysfunctional responses. It is concluded that socially-committed programmes face a dilemma: the more effective their organisation the more the autonomy of participants is threatened, but to incorporate safeguards against invading the individuality of participants would be to dilute their potency as agents of social change. It is recommended that providers and facilitators situate this dilemma in the context of their own biography of commitment and, in the process, develop a disposition of reflexivity.

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