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Isaac, E. Paulette – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2012
Religious institutions wear many hats. In addition to meeting spiritual needs, they also serve as educational, cultural, political, and social centers. Like the world in general, many of them have responded to societal changes. They have expanded their contextual, geographical, and physical boundaries. Also, as demonstrated throughout this…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Adult Students, Adult Education, Role of Religion
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Frye, Steven B. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2012
Looking back on the use of distance education tools by religious groups, one word that stands out is change. The old adage "We've never done it that way before" will become less valid as religious bodies find themselves in the midst of a world inundated with online possibilities that call them to question how they interact with members…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Web Based Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education
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McLean, Margaret A. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2011
Ableism is discrimination on the grounds that being able bodied is the normal and superior human condition. In contrast, being "disabled" is linked to ill health, incapacity, and dependence. These understandings become institutionalized in the beliefs, language, and practices of nondisabled people and create barriers to equitable social…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Adult Students, Adult Education, Adult Educators
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Roberts, Nella A.; Plakhotnik, Maria S. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2009
In this chapter, two women doctoral candidates examine the nature and function of support systems in graduate adult education. Recommendations and strategies for building social capital in the academy are also discussed.
Descriptors: Females, Adult Learning, Womens Education, Social Capital
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Gadbow, Nancy F. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2002
The concept of diversity should include special needs and differences of learners in terms of disability, ethnicity, culture, language, age, gender, experience, and geography. A range of instructional approaches and technologies should be used to help each person learn effectively. (Contains 20 references.) (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Diversity (Student), Educational Strategies