Comparative Adult Education Around the Globe

Edited by Dr. Kathleen P King & Dr. Victor Wang

with chapters by authors including Paulo Freire

Companion Instructional CD also Available

ISBN: 7308048926

Publisher: Zhejiang University Press

Hardcover, 296 pp.

"Major accomplishments of this volume are that it provides a forum and voice for international adult learning scholars to present their views of adult education.

Not only does this volume enable us to learn how adult learning is expressed through programs and curriculum, but we also can see how scholars discuss it in their nations.

This perspective can provide insight into the lived experience, as it were a glimpse “behind the curtain,” and an opportunity to look beyond the boundaries of our own worldviews and to examine teaching, learning, organizations, and life in new ways."

- Dr. Kathleen P. King, Preface

Description

Scope: Africa, Thailand, Middle East, Asia, Brazil, Eskimo Hadia, Confucianism, North Africa, Egypt

Format: Case Studies, Narratives, Explorations, Comparative Studies, and Rich Multiple Perspectives.

Characteristics:

  • Unique in capturing cross cultural perspectives of adult education
  • written by international adult educators
  • Integrates theory, research and practice,
  • An excellent choice as a graduate or advanced undergraduate textbook

This book provides a compelling demonstration of how the basic theory of andragogy takes on new meanings in different social settings. Rather than defying Western andragogy, this book addresses this single most popular theory from different cultural perspectives around the globe and develops different understandings of how it may be understood, contextualized, or sometimes misunderstood. Additionally, teachers, students and administrators should find the book useful in guiding their journeys in lifelong learning.

More and more scholars of adult learning look for additional theories such as the theory of transformative learning advanced by Western theorists and researchers, Mezirow (1991, 2000), Cranton (1994) and King (2002, 2003, 2005). Indeed, Comparative Adult Education Around the Globe, by examining the acts of others illustrates that we may improve our own understanding and practice of adult education.

Readers, whether they are learners or educators of others, can be equipped with new insights and knowledge when addressing adult learning in different social contexts. Comparative Adult Education Around the Globe offers an opportunity to tour the constellation of adult learning, reflect within many world communities, to critically examine our own practice and perspectives, and to gain valuable personal and professional insight.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Introduction: A Constellation of Experience, Kathleen P. King

Part 1 HISTORY, PERSPECTIVES AND INSIGHTS

  • Chapter 1 - Adult Education Praxis in Thailand: A Tapestry of Interdependence for Lifelong Learning, Gabriele Strohschen
  • Chapter 2 - The Challenges of Educating the Adults of the Middle East and North Africa, Sandra Ratcliff Daffron & Amy Riedel
  • Chapter 3 - Ubuntuism: An African Social Philosophy Relevant to Adult Learning and Workplace Learning, Fredrick Muyia Nafukho
  • Chapter 4 - Reactions to Western Educational Practice: Adult Education in Egypt, Judith Cochran
  • Chapter 5 - Chinese Knowledge Transmitters or Western Learning Facilitators Adult Teaching Methods Compared, Victor C. X. Wang

Part 2 THEORETICAL BASES

  • Chapter 6 - How Contextually Adapted Philosophies and the Situational Role of Adult Educators Affect Learners' Transformation and Emancipation, Victor C.X. Wang
  • Chapter 7 - PART 1 - Expanding Our Thinking about Andragogy: A Continuing Research Study, Mary K. Cooper & John A. Henschke
  • Chapter 7 - PART 2 - Living Lectures, Mary K. Cooper & John A. Henschke
  • Chapter 8 - Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Chapter 2, Paulo Freire
  • Chapter 9 - Exploring Feminist Research and Pedagogy in a Crucible of Tragedy: International Perspectives Creating Meaning and Response, Kathleen P. King
  • Chapter 10 - New Perspectives on Gains in the ABE Classroom: Transformational Learning Results Considered, Kathleen P. King & Lisa Wright
  • Chapter 11 - Confucius and Mezirow - Understanding Mezirow's Theory of Reflectivity from Confucian Perspectives: A Model and Perspective, Kathleen P. King
  • Chapter 12 - Conclusion: Creating a Global Future of Transformation and Learning, Kathleen P. King

 

Purchasing Information for the Book

  • King, K. P. & Wang, V. (Eds.). (2007). Comparative adult education around the globe. Hangzhou, PR China: Zhejiang University Press . (ISBN 7-308-04892-6)

 

Companion CD for

Comparative Adult Education Around the Globe

Edited by Dr. Kathleen P King & Dr. Victor Wang

The Companion CD for Comparative Adult Education Around the Globe includes a variety of valuable materials for the general reader and those who are using the book in classroom settings. For the first time the authors have made available multimedia presentation files to be use as study materials for the reader or for classroom aids for the instructor. In addition the CD also includes two audio files which are author interviews where Dr. Kathleen P. King discusses the book in depth.

Table of Contents of Companion CD:

BOOK INTERVIEWS

  • KPK interview on atl episode 16 http://media.libsyn.com/media/retc/ATL_16_12_22_06.mp3
  • KPK interview at end of PFT episode 62 http://media.libsyn.com/media/retc/PFT_2_11_62_11062006.mp3

PRESENTATION FILES- PowerPoint Files for each chapter of the book

  • Introduction: A Constellation of Experience, Kathleen P. King
  • Chapter 1 - Adult Education Praxis in Thailand: A Tapestry of Interdependence for Lifelong Learning, Gabriele Strohschen
  • Chapter 2 - The Challenges of Educating the Adults of the Middle East and North Africa, Sandra Ratcliff Daffron & Amy Riedel
  • Chapter 3 - Ubuntuism: An African Social Philosophy Relevant to Adult Learning and Workplace Learning, Fredrick Muyia Nafukho
  • Chapter 4 - Reactions to Western Educational Practice: Adult Education in Egypt, Judith Cochran
  • Chapter 5 - Chinese Knowledge Transmitters or Western Learning Facilitators Adult Teaching Methods Compared, Victor C. X. Wang
  • Chapter 6 - How Contextually Adapted Philosophies and the Situational Role of Adult Educators Affect Learners' Transformation and Emancipation, Victor C.X. Wang
  • Chapter 7 - PART 1 - Expanding Our Thinking about Andragogy: A Continuing Research Study, Mary K. Cooper & John A. Henschke
  • Chapter 7 - PART 2 - Living Lectures, Mary K. Cooper & John A. Henschke
  • Chapter 8 - Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Chapter 2 of Paulo Freire's work by Victor C. X. Wang
  • Chapter 9 - Exploring Feminist Research and Pedagogy in a Crucible of Tragedy: International Perspectives Creating Meaning and Response, Kathleen P. King
  • Chapter 10 - New Perspectives on Gains in the ABE Classroom: Transformational Learning Results Considered, Kathleen P. King & Lisa Wright
  • Chapter 11 - Confucius and Mezirow - Understanding Mezirow's Theory of Reflectivity from Confucian Perspectives: A Model and Perspective, Victor C. X. Wang & Kathleen P. King
  • Chapter 12 - Conclusion: Creating a Global Future of Transformation and Learning, Kathleen P. King

** Please note all CD presentation file authors are not identical to book chapter authors

Purchasing Information for the CD

  • King, K. P. & Wang, V. (Eds.). (2007) Comparative Adult Education Companion CD: Chapter presentation and study materials, related articles and recordings. Worldwide distribution: Transformation Education LLC (www.transformationed.com). $24.99 per copy

 

The Editors

Kathleen P. King, EdD is professor of adult education at Fordham University. King’s major areas of research have been transformative learning, professional development and instructional technology. Her experience in adult learning has spanned these fields in diverse organizations including community based organizations, business, higher education and numerous partnerships. Most recent endeavors continue to explore and develop learning innovations and opportunities to address equity, access and international issues. She is the author of seven books and numerous articles. Dr. King is the editor in chief of Perspectives, The New York Journal of Adult Learning and research board member for several national and international academic journals. In addition to receiving numerous academic and professional awards in the field of adult learning, she was recently nominated for The International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. Dr. King may be reached at kpking@fordham.edu

Victor C. X. Wang, Ed.D., is Assistant Professor and credential coordinator at California State University, Long Beach, where he teaches courses in vocational, adult education and curriculum development in the electronic classroom and the traditional classroom.  He is the author of articles in national and international journals and books dealing with adult learning, training, vocational education, transformative learning and distance education, a reviewer for two journals and an international conference on Education in Hawaii.  His experience spans sixteen years as university instructor/professor and translator/narrator for national and international leaders in China and in the United States.  Dr. Wang may be reached at cwang@csulb.edu.

 

The Authors of the Chapters

Judith A. Cochran, Ph.D is the E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Tutorial Education at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. In 2005 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Cochran had Fulbright Senior Lectureships in Egypt and Turkey. She authored the book Education in Egypt and multiple articles on education in the Middle East, and peace efforts of adult education in Israel and Palestine. Dr. Cochran may be reached at CochranJu@msx.umsl.edu

Mary K. Cooper, Ph. D., is Assistant Professor of Adult Education at University of Missouri, St. Louis. She is a member of the Adult Education M. Ed., Ed. D., and Ph. D., Program at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and has also implemented the M. Ed. Degree Online. She is a member of the board of The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education [AAACE], and is a member of the Commission on International Adult Education [CIAE] of AAACE, as well as the Commission of Professors of Adult Education [CPAE]. Dr. Cooper may be reached at CooperMa@msx.umsl.edu

Sandra Ratcliff Daffron is assistant professor and director of the adult continuing education program at Western Washington University.  She received an Ed.D. from Northern Illinois University.  Before coming to Western Washington University, she was Chief of Party and Senior Advisor for Legal Education for a Rule of Law project for two years in West Bank and Gaza and worked with universities in the Middle East region. Dr. Daffron may be reached at Sandra.Daffron@wwu.edu

Paulo Freire (1921-1997) was a Brazilian educator, who focused on political, social transformation and emancipation and worked to develop methods of teaching those who were not literate. His literacy programs in Latin America were socially transformative. He criticized traditional, pedagogical methods of teaching and promoted andragogical elements of teaching. Major characteristics of his work remain not only a focus on overcoming social, economic, political, and intellectual oppression, but also one of a desire for theory and research to apply to practice, praxis. Such is the singular powerful treatise of genuine and active compassion expressed through his books, which have been translated into over 50 languages. The English translation of Pedagogy of the Oppressed alone sold over 1,000,000 copies.

John A. Henschke, Ed. D., is Associate Professor and Leader of the Award Winning Adult Education M. Ed., Ed. D., and Ph. D., Program at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and Continuing Education Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. He has been President of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education [AAACE], has chaired the Commission on International Adult Education [CIAE] of AAACE, and is a Member of the Commission of Professors of Adult Education [CPAE]. He has been involved with testing his ideas in the Field of Adult and Continuing Education [ACE] around the world since 1970. Dr. Henschke may be reached at HenschkeJ@missouri.edu

Fredrick M. Nafukho holds a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from Louisiana State University, where he was a Fulbright Fellow 1996-1998, an M.Ed Economics of Education, and B.Ed Business Education and Economics from Kenyatta University. He is an associate professor of adult education and human resource development, University of Arkansas. Prior to joining U. of Arkansas, he was a senior lecturer and Head, Department of Educational Administration, Planning & Curriculum Development, Moi University Kenya. He is the recipient of numerous grants and the author of over 60 articles, book chapters, and two books. Dr. Nafukho may be reached at nafukho@uark.edu

Amy Riedel, M.Ed., is the coordinator of the Wellness Outreach Center, at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. She team teaches in a peer health education program that provides health and wellness services on campus. Her work includes coordinating the Ally Building Network, a group that serves to build inclusive communities through educational outreach programs. She may be reached at Amy.Riedel@wwu.edu.

Gabriele Strohschen, Ed.D. is assistant professor, and the director for the graduate programs at the School for New Learning, DePaul University in Chicago. She was the inaugural director of National-Louis University's online graduate program in adult education until 2003.  She teaches courses in adult education, research, and philosophy. She has worked as Visiting Professor at Assumption University ( Bangkok, Thailand) and Burapha University ( Bangsaen, Thailand). Dr. Strohschen may be reached at GSTROHSC@depaul.edu

Lisa Wright, M.S. is an adult educator in Long Beach, New York. She earned her Masters of Science in Adult Education and Human Resource Development from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Development. She has been active in teaching, program planning and grant writing of adult education programs for adult basic education learners and workplace preparation programs.

 

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