Adult Education’s Long Tradition of Social Justice. California Adult Education 1856 to present Protecting and Expanding a Vision of Inclusion, Empowerment and Transformation. Today’s Agenda…. Stand up for Adult Education!
California Adult Education 1856 to present
Protecting and Expanding a Vision of Inclusion, Empowerment and Transformation
Our Traditional Assumptions
From inception to the present, the system’s programmatic focus has been defined by our response to ever-shifting combinations of factors:
Factors move in and out of prominence, creating shifting “contexts of need”.
Each programmatic development can be traced back to a context.
Social Justice movements must always progress in spite of resistance from interests preferring status quo (society and privileges to remain exclusionary of immigrants, other disenfranchised people).
As a person matures…
Self-concept …his self concept moves from one of being a dependent personality toward one of being a self-directed human being
Experience …he accumulates a growing reservoir of experience that becomes an increasing resource for learning.
Readiness to learn…his readiness to learn becomes oriented increasingly to the developmental tasks of his social roles.
Orientation to learning …his time perspective changes from one of postponed application of knowledge to immediacy of application, and accordingly his orientation toward learning shifts from one of subject-centeredness to one of problem centeredness.
Motivation to learn …the motivation to learn is internal .
The ongoing debate…
Horton & Freire