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Griswold, Wendy – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
Adult education has a significant role to play in creating a just and sustainable world. This chapter explores a continuum of perspectives related to the environment and education and highlights sustainability and ecojustice education theory and practices in this volume.
Descriptors: Adult Education, Sustainability, Environmental Education, Sustainable Development
Burke, Emily Kearns – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This chapter examines the revitalization of the cultural commons in one Massachusetts community. The adult learning theory of situated cognition, specifically communities of practice and cognitive apprenticeship, provides a lens through which to better understand how knowledge sharing can effectively promote localization in an effort to mitigate…
Descriptors: Cultural Centers, Community Centers, Adult Learning, Learning Theories
Etmanski, Catherine; Kajzer Mitchell, Ingrid – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This chapter describes the role small-scale organic farmers are playing as adult educators in alternative food networks and as leaders for food systems transformation. Findings are drawn from a survey of organic farmers in British Columbia, Western Canada.
Descriptors: Agricultural Occupations, Adult Educators, Food Service, Food Processing Occupations
The St. Ignatius Jesuit Retreat and Training Centre: Cultivating Ecological Awareness and Connection with the Earth
Groen, Janet – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This chapter focuses on the role of religiously based spirituality in cultivating environmental awareness and citizenship by examining an adult environmental education program offered at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre, a religious retreat center in Guelph, Canada.
Descriptors: Ecology, Consciousness Raising, Religious Factors, Environmental Education
Bell, Lorraine; Clover, Darlene E. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This chapter explores how museums, as educational and cultural institutions, can become agents of socioecological transformation. The ideas of critical museum studies and environmental adult education are reviewed, and three examples of environmental adult education in museums are discussed.
Descriptors: Museums, Environmental Education, Adult Education, Change Agents
Bowers, Chet A. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This paper describes the key principles of an ecojustice approach to adult education. The author describes the cultural roots of the ecological crisis, the difference between ecological and individual intelligence and the linguistic colonization of the present by the past. The dangers of an overreliance on print are described and the need for a…
Descriptors: Ecology, Justice, Educational Change, Adult Education
Dentith, Audrey M.; Thompson, Onah P. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
An ecojustice seminar, held in May 2016 at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, is described in this chapter. The ecojustice theoretical framework, the seminar class design, and our findings relative to student learning as gleaned from follow-up focus groups, reflection papers, and online discussion are reported. Seminars such as…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Social Justice, Seminars, Focus Groups
Winfrey, Nancy – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This essay explores the concept of "cultural commons" and provides an illustration of a cultural commons practice from an ethnographic study of a community currency. The following section links cultural commons practices to situated and social cognitive learning theories, and then provides practical application to the higher education…
Descriptors: Ideology, Community Resources, Educational Practices, Social Cognition
Larrotta, Clarena – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This chapter describes documented and undocumented immigrant populations in the United States. It discusses salient factors influencing their status as immigrants as well as adult education services available to them through publicly funded programs, social units, and community centers, especially churches and libraries.
Descriptors: Immigrants, Adult Education, Community Centers, Churches
Greenberg, Daphne; Ginsburg, Lynda; Wrigley, Heide Spruck – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This chapter provides brief summaries of recent research on literacy, numeracy, and language education for adults.
Descriptors: Adult Education, Literacy Education, Adult Literacy, Numeracy
Stein, Sondra Gayle – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This chapter describes how PIAAC's concept of competency-in-use can support literacy policy and practice focused on adult learners' real needs.
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Students, Competence, International Assessment
McLendon, Lennox – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This chapter on high school equivalency describes recent events involved in updating the adult education high school equivalency assessment services and the entrance of additional assessments into the field.
Descriptors: High School Equivalency Programs, Adult Education, Evaluation Methods, Educational Change
Rosen, David J.; Vanek, Jenifer B. – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This chapter discusses a range of issues that together paint a picture of the impact, potential, and challenges of using digital technologies in adult education.
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Information Technology
Smith, Cristine – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This chapter offers an update on efforts to provide all adult basic education teachers with access to high-quality professional development.
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Adult Basic Education, Adult Educators, Educational Quality
Jacobson, Erik – New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, 2017
This chapter reviews how the impact of WIOA on adult education provision in the United States may be limited because of persistent structural problems within adult education policy and practice.
Descriptors: Adult Education, Investment, Educational Opportunities, Labor Force Development