Learning and Sociocultural Contexts: Implications for Adults, Community, and Workplace Education New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education

ISBN-10: 0787963267

ISBN-13: 9780787963262

Edition: 2002

Authors: Mary V. Alfred

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Explores some of the contexts within which learning occurs and the social and cultural dynamics that influence learning and teaching. Aims to create an awareness of the importance of context in adult learning and to encourage adult educators to be reflective of their practice, to understand how social and cultural contexts influence classroom dynamics, and to take critical action to ameliorate hegemonic practices in adult education. This is the 96th issue of the Jossey-Bass series New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education.
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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 104
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Editor's Notes
The Promise of Sociocultural Theory in Democratizing Adult Education
Using the individual or cognitive perspective to guide the practice of adult education tends to ignore the wider sociocultural contexts that shape learners' experiences and perceptions about the adult learning environment
Cross-Cultural Mentoring as a Context for Learning
Cross-cultural mentoring relationships serve as a rich context for learning and development, institutional socialization, and development of cross-cultural competency
Socialization and Immigrant Students' Learning in Adult Education Programs
In the field of adult education, issues of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation have received wide attention, to the exclusion of issues of nationality, linguistic diversity, early socialization, and cultural practices
The Sociocultural Implications of Learning and Teaching in Cyberspace
Learning within the context of cyberspace offers a safe space for the learner to build community, transform earlier assumptions about learning and cultural practice, and reconstruct identity
Sociocultural Contexts of Learning Among Adults with Disabilities
Adult educators must become aware of the basic data on the prevalence of disabilities, the status of adults with disabilities within the worlds of education and work, and the educational practices that have typically shaped their experiences
Adult Literacy as Cultural Practice
Programmatic emphasis on the functional needs for adult social roles and individual growth drives a variety of literacy efforts, causing them to ignore authentic literacy activities that are rooted in the life reality of learners or their context-based interests and expertise
The Sociocultural Contexts of Learning in the Workplace
Most adults work for pay during their lifetime, making the organization a significant context for learning
However, organizations and workers have values, cultures, identities, and social norms that coalesce into a complex sociocultural system of work
Context: Implications for Learning in Professional Practice
Continuing education programs play a vital role in offering new, up-to-date information to professionals; however, the context in which professionals practice also has a strong role in framing what they learn and how they use that information to provide services to clients
Linking the Personal and the Social for a More Critical Democratic Adult Education
Literature on adult education has created awareness among educators that diversity matters and has offered myriad suggestions for creating an inclusive environment
Missing from the discussion is the need for educators' self-awareness and sociocultural history, critical reflection of practice, and development of cross-cultural competency
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