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Johnston, Rennie; Usher, Robin – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1997
Dominant models of experiential learning contain uncritical assumptions about experience. Locating experience in postmodern social practices emphasizes how it is shaped by culture. In critical practices, experience is not something from which knowledge can be derived but is itself knowledge. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Critical Theory, Cultural Influences, Epistemology
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Edwards, Richard; Usher, Robin – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1997
Argues for a less rigid conception of leisure. Describes how leisure has been socially constructed and how the concept is changing in postmodern consumer culture. Suggests that adult education discourse neglects consumer culture and leisure, thus ignoring part of adults' everyday existence. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Consumer Economics, Leisure Time, Modernism
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Usher, Robin; Solomon, Nicky – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1999
Work-based learning as expressed in national qualifications frameworks is discussed within the theoretical context of Foucault's notion of discipline. Argues that the management of worker subjectivity is an essential element of the governmentality of organizations. (SK)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Experiential Learning, Labor Relations, Work Environment
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Edwards, Richard; Usher, Robin – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1994
Suggests that "competence" is a component of power-knowledge practices that regulate adults through a process of self-regulation. Argues that competency-based education is a means of producing consent without using oppression or force in reproducing the social order. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Competence, Competency Based Education, Employment Qualifications
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Usher, Robin; Edwards, Richard – Studies in the Education of Adults, 1995
Examines humanistic guidance and counseling from two perspectives: the notion of confession as described by Foucault (a means of self-regulation) and modern versus postmodern concepts of identity. (SK)
Descriptors: Adult Counseling, Guidance, Humanistic Education, Postmodernism