This book offers some suggestions as to ways forward from this dilemma. Drawing on the new intellectual frameworks of critical pedagogy, feminism and postmodernism and their impact upon educational theory, practice and research, the book focuses on the changing contexts of adult education. By building on the notion of going beyond the limits of certain current adult education orthodoxies, the authors try to provide alternatives for practice. The final three chapters deal with research, focusing on a critical macro-analysis of mainstream paradigms, a review of alternative approaches, and a more micro-analysis centering on the role of the socially-located self in the research process.

chapter 1|26 pages

Adult learning in postmodernity

chapter 2|22 pages

Adult learning for citizenship

chapter 3|18 pages

Governmentality and practice

chapter 6|20 pages

Reconceptualising theory and practice

chapter 7|28 pages

The reflective practitioner revisited

chapter 10|20 pages

Writing and learning about research